DCPS Coaches have reported to me that they are having difficulty fielding football teams … They tell me that many top DC athletes are being drawn to the Public Charter School system or other area non-DCPS schools where they think they stand a better chance of demonstrating eligibility for a NCAA scholarship (academically and athletically). I am hopeful that this restructuring will breathe life into the DCPS football program and cause more young men to play with a purpose!
Walt Whitman High School’s Girls JV Basketball team has won 67 consecutive games-and anyone watching these girls would know why. The skills these young ladies display on the court are evident of teamwork, drive, and a close bond between the players. But while 67 consecutive wins would seem like it would warrant a well deserved break from all the hours of suicides, lay-ups, and rebounds; Whitman’s girls chose to Pay It Forward to the young ladies of Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC.
Alice Deal’s ladies were excited to learn that they shared the same mascot name as Walt Whitman — the Lady Vikings. They learned some new ball handling techniques and got to see fundamentally sound play …. An experience they’re likely to not soon forget.
One father of a Deal player shouted with joy when he saw his daughter quickly pick up a move that he had been struggling to get her to execute for weeks. They did stations, ran suicides and played against each other and at the end of the day, Deal’s team just didn’t want the Whitman girls to leave.
At The Sankofa Project, we aim to raise the bar of expectation for female students who may not think of a college education as an attainable goal or athletics as a vehicle to a full scholarship. We focus on bringing in positive peer pressure with the hope of encouraging more female students to participate in school based team sports, especially sports that can lead to an NCAA scholarship. Seeing these Middle School girls holding their own as they played a couple of short games with some very tall players made us believe that our mission was accomplished at Deal … we are hopeful that these young Lady Vikings will following in the footsteps of their High School mentors … all the way through high school and college. >>>> BELIEVE
Tune in to WUSA 9 on Friday, April 26th and see the Pay It Forward Basketball Clinic coverage of Diane Roberts at 5:45 on the Evening News.