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Dec 22nd


Support Northside youth going worldwide

Support Northside youth going worldwideThis story has some point blank objectives so before I start trying to make it sound greater than great, let me make sure you take the basics with you so we can get the job done:

Who: Alexander Clark, North High School Senior
What, Why, Where: Raising $3,995 to represent Minnesota and the U.S. at the America Downunder Summer Bowl in Australia and New Zealand
When: Due date is April 20th

Send donations to:

Alexander Clark
4329 Webber Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55412 #5
Or call (952) 715-0669

I’m sure not too much more explanation is needed than that, but personal experience with opportunities like this call for some more context and testimony.

Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announces winners of 2010 Timberwolves & Lynx College Scholarships

Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announces winners of 2010 Timberwolves & Lynx College ScholarshipsThe Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announced that Karly Kostich (Mt. Iron, MN.), Derek Krautkremer (St. Paul), Dokyung "Dolan" Lee (Edina), Amanda Nelson (Clark, S.D.) and Kayla Yang (St. Paul) are this year’s winners of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx Scholarships. The scholarships were awarded to eligible high school seniors in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Each scholarship, worth $2,000, will go toward tuition costs at a college or university for students who will be attending classes in the fall semester of the 2010-11 school year. The winners were recognized in an on-court ceremony during the Timberwolves game against the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday, April 7.

The Clarence Sutton Memorial Golf Tournament takes kids to college

It takes a whole lot of work to get 90-100 high school and junior high students to travel from Minnesota, through a multi-state college tour of the South and Midwest. I would imagine that even the kids who participate in the Progressive Education Ministries Black College Tour recognize how difficult it must be for the adults guiding the excited young minds back and forth, on and off the bus. But when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman makes it an annual routine to participate in the ceremonial send-off, as the kids load the buses, then you know that there must be something really good going on.

The annual Black College Tour is generally held in October, but the biggest fund raising event to make the Tour possible is right around the corner. On June 12 The Clarence Sutton Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the recently renovated Highland National Golf Course in St. Paul. For those who like golf and golf tournaments, you’d be hard pressed to find one with greater purposes than those pursued by this event. You also may want to catch the 15th hole at the Highland course, which now boasts a sand bunker in the shape of “Snoopy” – I’d imagine quite a few photos will be snapped there during the tournament.

To Stay in School, or to Get Paid

To Stay in School, or to Get Paid The best topics for sports articles, besides the kids, come from everyday discussions with the homies.  So naturally when a college basketball conversation kicked-off with an official Philly sports fan – Philadelphia is always in the conversation for “Home of the most passionate sports fans” – you know there had to be some passionate perspective that came out of that exchange.

This year March Madness has been something beyond anyone’s expectations, yet perhaps if we really think about it, we’re merely watching a common sense experiment come to fruition.   The current rule of the NBA allows young basketball players to play one year of college basketball, and then enter their name for NBA consideration. Previously there was no rule and players such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Wilt Chamberlain could come directly to the NBA.


Observing collegiate graduation rates during March Madness

Observing collegiate graduation rates during March MadnessSecretary of Education Arne Duncan is promoting a campaign to stimulate improvement at all levels of America’s education system. Last week, Duncan held a telephone press conference to address the graduation rates of basketball teams in the NCAA tournaments and suggest ways to increase college completion for teams with low graduation rates. He was joined by NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous and Dr. Richard Lapchick, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida.

Gopher Madness returns, and seems here to stay

Gopher Madness returns, and seems here to stayFirst of all, with regard to the 2009-2010 Gopher Men’s Basketball season, let’s all cast our support into the air, and subsequent ears, for the future return of Al Nolen Jr. who ran into some solvable eligibility issues. There’s no doubt that he possesses the resolve to make a comeback to the court --he simply needs to remain as calm and resolute with this problem, as he does with the ball in his hands as the most senior on-court director of the team. Knowing him I’m sure that he is likely to be a big part of the reason that the young guards behind him have found such a stern, relaxed confidence to succeed. The control that replacement guard Devoe Joseph has shown in leadership of the young Gopher team seems to clearly be a reflection of the reserved wise decision making of Nolen Jr. Way to go Al.

Twinkie Time! The fans are going to have to yell a little harder

Twinkie Time! The fans are going to have to yell a little harderOutdoor baseball! Ha-haaa, that’s what I’m talking about! Who wouldn’t like the smell of the air provided by an open-air stadium. Whether the air is industrial or fresh (in L.A. you either learn to appreciate smog and the Santa Ana winds that blow it away…or you move), it all smells good to me. Thus, I know one person who is going to be a little quicker picking up his press credentials for Twins baseball this year.
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