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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


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


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