Sixteen girls ages 12-15 from Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education’s (AAYTE) tennis programs recently loaded up into two vans and headed for Cambridge, Mass., to visit the historic campus of Harvard University to watch the women’s tennis team at Harvard face Columbia. The Harvard team is inspirational on its own merit, but even more so when the girls learned that their head coach, Traci Green, is an AAYTE alumnus. The girls were able to cheer Harvard on to victory in addition to meeting with Coach Green and her players.
The young ladies who went on the trip come from a variety of backgrounds but they all have one thing in common – a love of tennis. Accompanied by vice president of tennis and national partnerships Lance Lee and program coordinator for Mantua Programs Kareem Bryant, the girls set out for Boston in two AAYTE vans with sights set on Harvard University. Following some match play the previous night, the group made the trek to the historic campus. They walked the college grounds and saw much of what the school has to offer before heading to the tennis center and watching the match.
The meeting taught them what it takes to become a Division I Ivy League athlete, but it also showed them a sampling of what they can achieve in life. Following some more match play, everyone piled back in the vans to return to Philadelphia with their goals set a little bit higher.
Lincoln students get real experience at ESPN
Four students from Lincoln University’s Mass Communications Center of Excellence had the chance to recently visit ESPN. Students Taji McCullough, Louisa Solomon, Joy McFadden and Khadeem Hughson, spent the day touring ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, C.T., where they gained behind the scenes access to radio and television productions, including the network’s famed program, “SportsCenter.”
The visit was hosted by Mike Hill, who is an anchor for ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” “First Take,” “NFL Live,” “Baseball Tonight,” and co-hosts the radio show, “Hill & Schlereth.” Hill and his ESPN colleagues, including Linda Cohn, Bruce Bowen and Jonathan Coachman, offered the group professional advice and even critiqued the students’ individual video productions.
On attendee, Taji McCullough, said, “It was an opportunity that many would kill for. It allowed Lincoln University students to embark upon one of the world’s dominant media outlets. We got a chance to get a first hand impression of what it would be like to work for a groundbreaking organization. It was the best day of my life.”
Louisa Solomon shared McCullough’s sentiments about the value of the trip.
“The experience was exciting. There are really no words to specifically describe how great of an experience this was. This has further piqued my interest in the possibility of working there in production or working somewhere like that,” she said.
The trip to ESPN was sponsored by Lion Media and the Office of Career Services.
MJBL celebrates legacy of Jackie Robinson
Coaches, players, families and community members recently came together to honor and celebrate the legend of Jackie Robinson at the Papa Playground Recreation Center. The celebration included a movie presentation starring the legend and an announcement about the upcoming Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) 2012 Inner City Classic/Black World Series to occur July 31-Aug. 5 in Richmond, Va.
Matt Zoltak of ProCore Sports announced their newest ExcelCord package at the celebration in honor of Robinson and gave a demonstration of training equipment to provide strength, balance, power and more. Historic baseball memorabilia reflecting stars of the Negro League and Major League Baseball were also on display for the attendees.