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She Said: Lifting As We Climb

The Lifting As We Climb Foundation, Inc is a non-profit organization composed of Hampton University graduates.  LAWCF is a “youth to youth” mentoring organization geared toward uplifting disadvantaged youth.  Here is their mission statement: “To cultivate youth development in leadership, community service, health and physical fitness and career development.  Our aim is to provide this type of essential service to all children arising from disadvantaged backgrounds, while leveraging athletics as a vehicle to motivate our youth to succeed in life.”

Team sports, especially football, provide opportunities to teach young men invaluable lessons. For me the best element of  service is the opportunity to utilize the  gifts, talents, and resources we have to strengthen our communities.  LAWCF has partnered with both  NFL players, (Antonio Gates, Antwaan Randle El, Larry Foote, Felix Jones, and Anthony Adams); as well as various collegiate coaches and trainers.  I have a special passion about mentoring! I would not be where I am today without a variety of mentors that took a special interest in me.  LAWCF uses football to connect with and mentor young men through a couple of programs I love: Continue reading


Homecomings and a Heisman Surprise

Homecomings are happening at high schools and colleges all across the country  Alumni everywhere are getting reacquainted with old friends and classmates.  As a matter of fact, one of the biggest and most popular homecomings is occurring locally at historically black Howard University here in DC, along with the US Naval Academy and Virginia Tech.  But anywhere where there are homecomings happening, there’s also a football game and generally a good match-up to excite the crowd.  There’s Howard v NC A&T, Navy taking on East Carolina, Hampton battling North Carolina Central, and Va Tech playing Boston College.  Continue reading


The Saturday Before “THE” Sunday…

Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and attending my beloved “Home by the Sea” Hampton University has left me biased–There is NOTHING like the HBCU experience!  Football games in the fall are the best!  The Battle of the Band, the Fraternities and Sororities, then finally the best part: all of the alumni coming back still repping their home away from home!  Every time I go to a game at my beloved HBCU, Hampton University, it’s like I never left.

Today D and I stayed in DC and attended the Morehouse vs Howard game played at the legendary RFK stadium.  It reminded me of years past when I used to go to Howard games as a teen.  I also was reminded of the sense of “home” I felt when coming back to DC from Hampton for the HU vs HU games.  Ladies at HBCUs don’t care that it’s a football games, they are getting DRESSED UP!  Heels  and fly dresses or jeans, all type of hot coats etc! I saw the jazziest couple walking hand in hand donning their Morehouse and Spelman gear.  The experience in DC is different from most cities that host a game.  The Metro is rowdy, the traffic is crazy…and note: I’m not even talking about Homecoming!  Continue reading


Being a fan is INCREDIBLE!

This has been a great weekend. It highlighted the last set of preseason NFL games, which means that the regular season is a week away. The games showcase the talents of lesser known players who are trying to give a lasting impression so they can make a final roster……….somewhere, anywhere. This week also brought the official opening for College Football. I will admit that I would rather watch a NFL game, but college games are mad exciting. The BYU/Ole Miss game yesterday was riveting and had a lot of back and forth, and ended with a one point victory for BYU.

Even with the excitement of the pros and college, the most exciting football action i saw was the Live football contest of the Maryland City Mustangs taking on the Chesapeake Bay Piranhas. J’s little cousin plays on the offensive and defensive lines for the Mustangs. He is a first year player on a brand new team composed of kids who’ve never played organized ball before. They went up against an established team in the Piranhas, and it showed immediately even before the initial kickoff. It was entertaining to see because even though the Mustangs were clearly out of their league, they never gave up. It’s always cool to see football at that stage because its being played for the very reason i fell in love with the game to begin with: it’s fun. Its fun to play and its very fun to watch. Who knows, the next Jerry Rice, the next Deion Sanders, or the next Emmitt Smitth could have been on that field Saturday. It doesn’t even matter. All that matters is that character was being built and greatness was being shaped, and the kids were having fun.

 

Because we were running all over the DMV catching games this weekend, I have a great appreciation for ESPN 980 and 106.7 The Fan.  Driving and listening to that Utah St. vs Auburn game literally made the hour ride to Annapolis in traffic seem 10 mins long.  For Auburn to be down by 10 with roughly 3 mins left and come back and win that game is the MAIN reason why a team is NEVER to be counted out until the clock hits triple zero!  It’s also the reason why I LOVE college football.

Let me tell you why technology is a beautiful thing for sports fans:  The ESPN ScoreCenter App for Iphone and the College Football Scoreboard App for Iphone.  Another game that I didn’t get to watch but absolutely made me BEAM with pride is my Hampton University Pirates coming back in the last quarter against Alabama A&M in the 14th Annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field.  While the Apps give you the score, it’s the peeps on Twitter who gave me the play by play.  Hampton blocked Alabama A&M’s kick at the end of the game!  YES!  Shout out to people who tweeted that… along with opinions on how Hampton should have won the Battle of the Bands! I love my H.I.U!      

Tonight me and D get to watch our mutual favorite College Team tonight right here in our own backyard!  Our University of Miami Hurricanes take on the Maryland Terps in an ACC showdown! (Don’t I sound like the commercial?)  Regardless of losing 10 players to shameful off the field controversy, we fully expect the CANES to handle business anyway!
 
 

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