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Fourth grade basketball is intense when you’re the president
Former President Barack Obama’s love of basketball is well known. During his time in office, he surrounded himself with former high-level hoopers, like secretary of education Arne Duncan (who played at Harvard and professionally in Australia) and personal aide Reggie Love (a two-sport star at Duke who won the 2001 NCAA tournament with the Blue Devils). Obama’s new memoir, A Promised Land, mentions how Love would organize pickup games for Obama to let loose on the weekends.
“But the enjoyment I got from playing basketball was nothing compared to the thrill—and stress—of rooting for [younger daughter] Sasha’s fourth grade rec league team,” Obama writes. (Entertainment Weekly published an except from the audio version of the book.)
Obama says he and his wife, Michelle, enjoyed sitting in the stands and rooting for Sasha’s team (the Vipers) at Sidwell Friends School,
BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Walmart and America’s largest and top-ranked historically black university, North Carolina A&T State University, are announcing plans to launch the Equity in Education Initiative, a new program aimed at increasing the number of African American college graduates securing careers in fields critical to the nation’s workforce. The program will support undergraduate students with tailored resources and assistance as they pursue degrees in business, engineering and other professional disciplines.
The Equity in Education Initiative, powered by a $5 million investment via Walmart which is the largest corporate investment in North Carolina A&T to date, will deliver a spectrum of resources through four focus areas:
- The Black Male Initiative, housed in the Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics and created and implemented with seed funding by the ELC, will address Black male achievement, retention and graduation rates, often lower than that of their female peers.
Every year in college football, more true freshmen contribute on the field in a big way. This season, even with many star players opting out because of concerns regarding COVID-19, is no exception.
There are numerous first-year players who moved from talented prospects less than a year ago to starters or even impact players at the Power 5 level. Based off ESPN 300 rankings, we are not surprised to see several of those names on this list, but conversely, there are also under-recruited and under-evaluated players who deserved a spot.
The sample size for college football’s
Syracuse, N.Y. — Nine Syracuse athletic teams finished with perfect four-year scores for educating athletes according to data released by the NCAA on Tuesday, and the school’s athletic department finished with its best overall marks since the organization began calculating Graduation Success Rate in 1998.
The school recorded a mark of 94 (out of 100) for athletes who enrolled between 2010-11 and 2013-14. The metric credits schools for how well athletes remained eligible and progressed toward a degree over a six-year period after they enrolled.
The nine teams that finished with perfect four-year scores for the timeframe include both soccer programs, men’s running (combined into one program for this story) and men’s lacrosse, as well as women’s basketball, women’s rowing, women’s ice hockey, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.
As is the case at most schools across the country, athletes from the sports that make the most money for the school
The Maryland pipeline to the University of Miami basketball program continued flowing with the announcement Monday that the Hurricanes signed four-star recruit Jakai Robinson.
The 6-4, 200-pound guard is a native of Ossining, New York, and attends Rock Creek Christian Academy in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
He is the fourth player either from Maryland or out of a Maryland high school to sign with the Hurricanes in the last five years, following Chris Lykes, Anthony Walker and Earl Timberlake. He joins Nasine Poplar in the Canes’ 2021 signing class.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jakai and his family to the Miami basketball program,” said UM coach Jim Larrañaga. “Jakai is a great competitor and scorer who comes from the most highly competitive basketball area in the country. He has been extremely well-coached and is well-prepared to come in and help us right away as a freshman.”
All three major recruiting websites
Virginia Tech has made a bowl game for 27 consecutive years, the longest streak in the country and one of those points of pride for the program that has probably become bigger and more important than it should be.
But here’s a potential conundrum the 4-4 Hokies may have to face in a few weeks: If they fail to secure a winning record, do they accept a bowl bid anyway knowing that they didn’t play well enough to deserve it under regular circumstances?
That scenario could come to fruition this year, as the NCAA has dropped the requirement for teams to be .500 in order to play in a postseason game due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If Virginia Tech finishes 5-6 — which is within the realm of possibility given its remaining opponents are Pitt, Clemson and Virginia — you have