St. Joe’s Martelli will Speak to Benefit Chester Youth

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St. Joseph’s University Head Basketball Coach, Phil Martelli, will Speak at TAP Fund Raiser to Benefit Youth of Chester on April 7th at Widener University’s Main Campus in Chester, PA

Saint Joseph’s University Head Basketball Coach, Phil Martelli, will be the keynote speaker at a “Tip-Off” reception for The Achievement Project’s (TAP) “1000 to 1” campaign, on April 7, 2011. TAP is an academic and educational advancement program that works with young people of the city of Chester, PA. This year-round program operates after-school and during the summer. It includes tutoring, coaching, classes and enrichment experiences. The students are recruited in the 8th grade and participate in the program through their four years of high school and through the college application and admission process.

Coach Martelli, having spent 25 years at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU), and 16 seasons as head coach, has built a program that is consistently one of the top in the conference. In the 2003-2004 season, he received The National Coach of the Year award. His efforts to help students are widely known, not only on the court, but off the court as well. His humanitarian efforts have made him a leader, not only in the Philadelphia region, but also on a national level.

TAP is the brainchild of Nicola Tollett Jefferson, a former practicing attorney turned child-education advocate. Nicola first tutored Harlem students as a law student at Columbia Law School in New York City. She watched with great joy as a young woman made the transition from under performing in a less-than-stellar school, to eventually becoming a college professor in Florida and author of two books. “It’s absolutely amazing,” says Ms. Jefferson, “what the power of education can do for a young person who faces formidable social, economic and educational challenges. Those of us who hail from more economically- privileged backgrounds can easily fail to comprehend what kids of poor to modest means have to go through, not just to survive, but to thrive and be successful. These young people, just as young people everywhere, have tremendous gifts, attributes and talents. TAP’s mission is to help them realize their gifts,” says Jefferson.

This event will take place at The Webb Room at University Center, One University Place on Widener University’s main campus in Chester, PA. The reception will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., with a brief program at 7:00 p.m., and close at 8:00. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Admission is free of charge, but an R.S.V.P. is required for admission to this event. Kindly R.S.V.P. to 1000to1(at)tapofchester(dot)org

Ms. Jefferson, Founder and Executive Director of TAP, joins campaign chairs Debbie Dickinson and Marc Turner to head-up this event. Ms. Dickinson is a Harvard-trained attorney and Mr. Turner is the Managing Partner of Renaissance Advisory Group in Havertown. He is also the head basketball coach of the School at Church Farm’s Griffins boys’ basketball team. He was a former assistant basketball coach to the Villanova Wildcats.

This event is made possible through the kindness of our generous sponsors.

To find out more about TAP, please visit their website at or call Nicola Tollett Jefferson at 484-995-0828.

For more information on this release, contact Melinda Williams at The Williams Group, 610-518-4888 or visit For event information and reservations, please contact T.A.P. at or 484-995-0828


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