Special Events & Community Outreach

 

Scholar Baller® Co-Hosts Coach Carter Movie Premier Showing

In February 2005, Scholar Baller® co-hosted a premier showing of the movie Coach Carter to a packed house in New York City together with Rush Communications and the NCAA.  After the exciting, motivational movie showing, Russell Simmons of Rush Communications, Dr. Bernard Franklin of the NCAA, Dr. C. Keith Harrison of Scholar Baller®, and Diana Taurasi of the WNBA took questions from the predominately student audience about the movie and related themes.  Jean Boyd, from the Scholar Baller® team, moderated the discussion.  Click here to view additional media coverage of this event.

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Members of the Scholar Baller® Leadership Team with Russell Simmons and Diana Taurasi

 

 

Honoring Members of the 1958 University at Buffalo Football Team

In September 2009, the University of Central Florida, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty, and Scholar Baller® teamed up to recognize over 20 members of the 1958 University at Buffalo football team. As explained in an article authored by the UCF Athletics Department, “The 1958 Buffalo team, whose roster contained two African-American players, Willie Evans and the late Mike Wilson, was invited to play in the 1958 Tangerine Bowl, organized by the Elks Lodge. The use of the stadium was controlled by the now defunct Orlando High School Athletics Association, who maintained a policy banning interracial events. In a show of solidarity for their Evans and Wilson, the entire Buffalo squad, which also included a young Gerry Gergley, voted to not play in the bowl game.” During an event at the Loews’ Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, Scholar Baller® provided all members of the 1958 Buffalo football team with an honorary ThinkMan® hat to recognize their courage and character.  Click here to view a few additional photos from this memorable event.

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Members of the 1958 University at Buffalo Football Team

 

Southeast Missouri State University and Tennessee State University Honor Student-Athletes for Academic Excellence Before Football Game

One of the historical moments of the NCAA and higher education occurred on November 10, 2006 when Southeast Missouri State University and Tennessee State University became the first two institutions with the same symbol/patch to honor student-athletes for their academic success immediately before an athletic contest.  What made this recognition ceremony unique is that both teams interacted with the administration, staff, and the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner at midfield.  This recognition ceremony started a national movement in terms of marketing and branding academic success and facilitating meaningful interaction amongst student-athletes and college sport and recreation administrators. Click here to view photos from this memorable event.

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Scholar Baller® Fashion Show

In March 2006, Scholar Baller® hosted the inaugural “Fashion with An Attitude” fashion show at the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix.  The fashion show was a huge success in terms of creating further awareness of the expansive line of Scholar Baller® Academic Performance Recognition Incentives™.  Below are photos from the event.