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July 29, 2014, 4:42 am

Universal Charter basketball team excels

Universal Charter School basketball team is already off to a great start. The team has a 7-2 record on the season. Universal Charter is a basketball team composed of seventh- and eighth-grade students. A year ago, the team won the Charter School Basketball league championship. Tracey Carter, Nazir Bell and Umar Sabba led Universal Charter team last year.

This year’s team has some terrific players such as Nazaire Bostick, Sammie Wylie Jr., Daquan Lloyd, Jacquill Jacobs, Amire Tyler and Isaiah Whiteside. Sammie Wylie Sr. is the head coach. Jarrard Jones, a staff member at Bluford Charter School, which is managed by Universal Charter, started the basketball program when he was the school’s dean of students.

 

Overbrook Monarchs have great season

The Overbrook Monarchs had three teams that won the Keystone State league championships. The 65-pound American Conference team, 65-Freedom Conference team and the 75-pound Freedom Conference team won back-to-back championships in double overtime.

The Monarchs had a rocky start to the season. In late June, most of their football and concession equipment was stolen, but they were able to receive a number of donations from people, which helped them have a great season.

 

Racial struggle in pro football to be aired

CBS Sports Spectacular airs the first of a two-part documentary. “Third and Long” was presented on Saturday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. Narrated by 1980s Public Enemy rapper, author and producer Chuck D, “Third and Long” explores and celebrates the history, racial struggles, sacrifices and triumphs of African Americans in professional football from 1946, with the re-integration of the sport after a 13-year exclusion of Black players, through 1989, when Art Shell was named the first Black head coach of the NFL’s modern era.

The documentary examines the impact of societal events such as World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, Brown vs. Board of Education, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War, and adds a unique viewpoint by including the perspectives of some of the players’ wives. “Third and Long” also examines the critical role and contributions of historically Black colleges and universities during this time period. Part Two will be aired on CBS Sports on Christmas Day.

 

Christmas gift giveaway set

David Kennard, former Darby-Colwyn High and Cheyney State basketball standout, will hold a Christmas gift giveaway for children of needy families at Mt. Zion AME Church, 10th and Center streets in Darby. The giveaway will be held on Friday, December 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Kennard, a teacher for 43 years at Elwyn School in Media, has been sponsoring this event for 12 years with the support of many of his co-workers at Elwyn. A year ago, 150 gifts were given away.

Kennard played on Darby-Colwyn High’s 1962 and 1963 state championship team. He had a sensational basketball career at Cheyney State. He is a member of the Cheyney Athletics Hall of Fame.

 

Dec. 17 big day for Temple                                                                

It’s a huge day for Temple fans. Temple’s football team will battle Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The Owls’ men’s basketball team will face Texas on the road that same day at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

 

Contact Tribune staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .