A New S.M.A.R.T. Connection
March 16, 2012
This week our Executive Director, Antonio Scott, spoke to a group of 7th and 8th graders at Tilden Middle School in Rockville, MD. These students participate in a minority scholars after-school program. The main purpose of this visit by our ED was to speak about and turn these students onto careers in the sports industry. “The main focus was to open the students minds up to the many different jobs that exist within the sports world and that they exist on so many different levels from youth sports to high school sports and from college sports to professional sports” said Mr. Scott.
Another goal of the speech was to show the students how the sports world is connected to things that they see and read about in the news every single day. Also, a social view of the sports world and how it connects to so many other work industries. “I think the students learned a few things that they may not have known before, which was one of my goals” said Mr. Scott. A highlight of the day was when one of the students, who wants to become an Anthropologist when she graduates college years down the road, discovered that even anthropology has a connection with sports. Mr. Scott spoke about how the Olympic games were originally created to have athletes represent their countries and cultures in athletic skills competitions. He spoke about how athletes from certain climates tend to perform better in certain sports. This grabbed the student’s attention and gave her a new found liking for sports.
In an attempt to create a social network between minority students from around the Washington, DC metro area, Antonio will be visiting several middle schools around the metro area for the next two months to create interest in the program for the 2012-13 school year. He intensely added, “This will be a great program to get minority students from different areas of the city and surrounding areas connected socially, which will help make them well-rounded students!”