On Tuesday, June 7, UWANTGAME hosted its annual Bowling Benefit for NYC high school students at Bowlmor Times Square in Midtown Manhattan. A packed room filled with students from the Business of Sports School, student-athletes from Castle Athletics’ 15U AAU team, kids from the Youth Leaders of Emmanuel Church, Brooklyn’s South Shore HS girls’ basketball team and select youth from the Shawn Carter Foundation mingled with sports business executives, as a game of bingo and — of course— intense bowling competition allowed for the diverse group of kids to learn more about the executives’ careers, many of whom work for the NBA, NFL, MLB, Madison Square Garden and Roc Nation Sports, among the multiple of other supporting entities in attendance.
A social media contest — with an XBOX 360 on the line — had guests looking to creatively snap their best photos from the night. In the end, an abundance of photos from the Castle Athletics’ 15U team gave them the edge and ultimately took home the gaming console as a group, which they now plan to take with them on the road for when they hit tournaments on the AAU circuit this summer.
A silent auction, with items such as tickets to upcoming concerts, MLB and NFL games, as well as autographed apparel from NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA players (including Kobe Bryant) — among other memorabilia, took place behind the bowling lanes. Participants stopped by the auction after grabbing a bite to eat from the nearby complimentary catered food spread.
We want to thank everyone who attended this year’s UWG Bowling Benefit and contributed not only to the organization’s future initiatives in the community but also for making it a memorable experience for the HS students in attendance. We look forward to announcing our future partnerships and programs for the 2016-2017 school year in the very near future, and continuing to utilize sports as a vehicle to bring career development and life skills programs, as well as college scholarship opportunities, to high school students.
In the meantime, scroll through the photo gallery above by clicking on the sides of each photo to see moments from the special night!
On February 24, 2016, high school seniors at the Business of Sports School (B.O.S.S.) in New York City partook in the first UWANTGAME Sports Panel Discussion of the year. This first session focused on African Americans who work in the sports industry.
The panel was composed of Cherise George, Fan Development Associate at the New York Knicks and Social Media Correspondent at Hard 2 Guard TV, Austin Moss, Manager of Player Engagement at the NFL, and Ashley Blackwood, a branding & communications expert who has previously work for the New York Knicks and GMR Marketing.
All three guests spoke to the students about their respective roles in sports, how they got their foot in the door, advice they would offer to those looking to break in and afterward had time to even answer some questions from B.O.S.S. students.
Scroll through the photo gallery above for a visual recap of the panel discussion. Our second panel is slated for later this month at B.O.S.S. and will focus on the sports communication field and successful female executives in the industry.