Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mayor's Cup Basketball - Recap

Good afternoon all just to give everyone an update on the MAOYR”S CUP YOU READ… I READ game yesterday (Sunday, October 30). 
First I would like to thank the kids from Philadelphia and the GREAT CITY of Chester who came to play for this cause. We collected over 902 books to donate to local day care facilities and the Chester Crozer Library.
Philadelphia won by 1 point 91-90. The highlight of the day goes to John Davis and Erikk Wright. John Davis (6’4”) of Team Philly had a monster jam over 6’6” Rich Grandberry of Team Butler. Erikk Wight 6’3” had his own block party having 3 straight blocks all in one possession, with the last one coming against 6’7” Jeremiah Worthem. Jaquan Newton Team Philly led all scorers with 22 points earning game MVP honors. Erikk Wright led Team Butler with 18 points.
Thank you to the players, the volunteers, Jhalil Beats, Chester Upland School District, Mike Hurst, Yesgod Tv, Sisters Foundation, Mayor Butler, Councilwoman Marrea Walker Smith, Councilman Shepard Garner, Larry Yarbray, Café Ent. The students of Chester Upland School District and The City of Chester Department of Recreation.
The reason for the event
-      85 % of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate
-         2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. The 4th grade is the watershed year.
-         90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
Men – READ to your kids it is very important, more important than that football game you are watching.
Brian J. Warren
Deputy Director Of Chester Recreation
Executive Director of Chester PAL
610 447-7784 (Office)

1 comment:

  1. Looks like it was a great event. Congrats.

    Here's my suggestions for next year.

    1. Do it on a day that the Philadelphia Mayor can attend.

    2. It was a great idea to accept books as the price for admission, but please allow the younger kids to be admitted for free. It pained me to watch a 4 year old give up a book to attend a basketball game. That may be sending the wrong message.