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!
Mia Hall, a writer, public speaker and career strategist with 10+ years of experience working for the WNBA, Barclays Center and Black Enterprise (just to name a few), was among the guest speakers at UWANTGAME’s Women in Sports Panel Discussion on March 23, 2016 in New York City’s Business of Sports School. In the video above, Mia Hall speaks on some of the topics she discussed with the students, including the importance of mentorship programs for the youth, and teaching the next generation about networking, staying in touch and obtaining internship opportunities as ways to kickstart their careers.
UWANTGAME INTRODUCES “LEADERS IN SPORTS” SCHOLARSHIP
Contact: Deborah Embaie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, February 22, 2016 – Beginning Monday, February 1, 2016 through Thursday, March 31, 2016 UWANTGAME will award $1,000 scholarships to three deserving high school seniors to continue their academic journey. Scholarships will be awarded to high school students who reside in New York City, Houston, and Chicago. The selection process will be based on a point system and the top three applicants will be awarded one of three UWANTGAME “Leaders in Sports” Scholarships.
UWANTGAME has long recognized that participation in sports has enhanced leadership skills, academic aspirations, discipline, team work and interpersonal skills, self-confidence and has promoted the value of goal setting. In recognition of how these vital skills contribute to successful and productive community citizens, the organization aims to support the collegiate and academic aspirations of graduating high-school students with financial hardships that will not continue their academic endeavors through full collegiate athletic or academic scholarships.
UWANTGAME has reached over 450 student-athletes in its effort to assist them in reaching their potential in academics, athletics, and personal growth through the development of life and career skills. Through various events and mentorship opportunities, UWANTGAME has served the community as an enrichment program, for which participants are taught the value of building and connecting the powers of the mind, body and spirit on the playing field and in the game of life.
The UWANTGAME “Leaders in Sports” Scholarship application is due by March 31, 2016 at 5:00pm [EST]. Please CLICK HERE to download application.
UWANTGAME is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the personal and professional life skills of high school student-athletes and students with a concentration in Sports Management through mentorship relationships with successful sports professionals. UWANTGAME believes that when given the proper guidance and support, individuals can achieve success in all aspects of their lives. The organization strives to provide its mentees with the educational and emotional support needed to achieve their academic, athletic, and personal development goals. For more information on how to apply please visit: www.uwantgame.org.
By TRACEE LORAN
If life were played in two halves like the game of basketball, Marquis Barnett’s first half was short in minutes and long in suffering. The 19-year old Queens, NY native has endured more heartache and pain than most people three times his age. Homelessness: Along with his Mom and two siblings, Marquis has lived in four shelters in four different boroughs throughout New York City. Tragedy: Marquis’ brother Tavon, who was autistic, died in a fire that the young boy accidentally started when left unsupervised. Violence: Nearly four years ago, Marquis had to rescue his Mom from the claws of an abusive boyfriend who was choking the breath and life out of her.
Fortunately, Marquis’ story does have a second half – one filled with hope, love, and redemption. And in his second half, he is surrounded by amazing people who have shown what compassion truly means such as his long-time girlfriend, Shalyce Blue; his UWANTGAME mentor, Rodrick Seay; and his Cardozo High School basketball coach, Ron Naclerio, who championed for Marquis to play ball on the collegiate level. Now a freshman at Quinnipiac University – light years away from previous strife – the 6 foot 8 forward is crashing boards for the Division-I squad on a full ride.
Writer Tracee Loran caught up with Barnett at a recent QU game against St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. What she discovered was not a young man who was scarred and angered by his harrowing past. (One might expect that and could possibly understand.) Instead, who stood before her was a mature young man with a commanding presence and a gentle spirit. His words were brief, but profound and showed that Marquis refrains from looking back and dwelling on negative circumstances. He’d much rather spend his time looking toward a more promising future. more