students of color, basketball scholarships can be a ticket to a better
future - but only if you have fulfilled the necessary academic requirements.
The national Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
has established academic guidelines for scholarship-athletics in
48 and 16. If you can't meet these guidelines, your scholarship
can be denied. - and that's before you even start college. Once you're
in, earning your degree will take at least four years of hard academic
work. That's why P. L. A. Y. emphasizes these skills above everything
else. The man who wins
may have been
counted out several times but didn't hear the referee.
PREPARATION During P. L. A. Y.'s summer session, 33 hours are spent on SAT/ACT
preparation; the follow-up includes a refresher course in the fall.
This course is organized and taught by certified instructors. It is
the most thorough SAT/ACT preparation course available. The course concentrates
on the verbal, mathematical, and writing skills as well as the test-taking
techniques that you will need to perform at your highest level on the
SAT/ACT. The instructors are enthusiastic and highly trained to make
learning fun and stimulating. With commitment and hard work, you'll
raise your scores by a minimum of 100 points !
WORKSHOPS The summer session includes these additional workshops on
skills, Note Taking and preparing for College
Dr. Cheryl Stanley, Ph. D.
of Education, Westfield State College). Study strategies for more effective
learning, college admission preparation and career exploration. Critical
thinking techniques that work! Smarter NOT Harder. Research - A Key Component of P. L. A. Y.
Kathleen Norton, Staff
Mount Holyoke College). An introduction to conducting library research
on outstanding achievements by African American inventors in America.
Learn a step process in doing research at the library. P. L. A. Y. with technology, telecommunications and the Internet.
Mr. Fadel Sesay (Academic Computing Instructor
Windsor High School in Windsor, Connecticut,) and
Joseph Bowman, Jr. Ed. D. (Associate Professor, University at
Albany) Technology and Sports are interrelated and every time you watch
a sports activity understand that technology is providing you with pictures,
stats, and images into your home. Workshops include media literacy,
video production, training, multi-media design, and desk-top publishing
YEAR-ROUND ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Over the 2005-06 school year, P. L. A. Y. will follow up
the summer session's academic portion. You will have three sets of academic
progress reports sent to your teachers through the guidance counselor,
bimonthly telephones calls and personal visits to your home and school.
You'll also become part of P. L. A. Y. 's extensive tracking
system for a minimum of five years, or until you receive your
P. L. A. Y. 's summer session, you'll also play basketball - from
morning workouts to individual skills
to competitive games. Our coaches concentrate
on new skills and fundamentals: shooting; boxing out and pitching
out; one-on-one moves facing the basket; back-to basket low post
moves; ball handling; fast break moves off dribble; post defense;
rebounding; screening; passing; and making good decisions under
pressure situations. You will be observed by college
and NBA scouts.
a world outside school and the court - and sometimes that's where
life is toughest. P. L. A. Y. 's summer session offers the following
seminars and workshops in Life Long Skills. P. L. A. Y. advocates
for Domestic Violence Prevention: Workshop held on the Shaken
Baby Syndrome (SBS). - One shaken baby in three dies as a result
of this abuse. P. L. A. Y. teaches the proper ways of handling
babies regarding baby soft spots, suffocation, and proper ways
to hold a baby. Skills for Life
B. Peck and Mike Jarvis (ESPN) (professional consultants on management,
business, and workplace diversity). A seminar on the essential
and practical skills needed for meaningful employment, self-improvement,
and personal growth. Mr. Peck has been inducted into Boston University
Hall of Fame. Co-Authors of Skills for Life. - The Fundamentals
You Need to Succeed. Seminar on Women Dr. Ruth
Bass Green PhDMount Holyoke College ( Associate Dean of Studies and Multi-Cultural
Barbara Coulibaly, Ph.D. (Education and Management Consultant).
Seminar on all forms of violence against women.
It may be the biggest human rights issue in the world - and it
is certainly one of the least discussed. Preventing rape,
battering and sexual harassment. A gentleman is a gentle
man. Conflict Resolution and Meditation Workshop
S. Jackson and Staff
(Founder and Director of P.L.A.Y.) A violence prevention program
for African-Americans and people of color, topics include - Just
Chill ! Designed to help urban students deal constructively with
anger management and RESPECT! Encourages students
to respect the rights and needs others. GANGS...
You Decide ! Delivers a stunning indictment of gang life.
is a transition that every boy must make. The measure of a man
is not what he does on Sunday, but rather who
he is Monday Through
Kevin McCaskill Principal Putnam Vocational Technical High School.
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Holyoke Community College
Joe Parker Basketball Historian & Clinician
Dr. Harold Meritt, Ph.D. Director of Athletics and Professor of the History of African-Americans in Sports College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
Russ Alexander Head Men's Basketball Coach
Montgomery County Community College,
George Moore Associate Men's Basketball Coach
Nassau Community College,
Tim Jackson Former Head Boy's Basketball Coach
Sabis International Charter School
Mike Hart Head Boy's Basketball Coach
St. Andrews School
Barrington, Rhode Island
Jake Butler Jake Butler-Basketball School, Inc.
McKendall Head Boy's Basketball Coach Warren Easton Find High School
New Orleans, Louisiana
Joseph Paige Assistant Basketball Coach
High School of Commerce
Jamahl Jackson Head Men's Basketball Coach
and Assistant Athletic Director
Gene Thompson Head Tennis Coach
Virginia State University