Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
Bobcats Sports & Entertainment and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth announced today a $200,000 sponsorship of Y Achievers, a YMCA of Greater Charlotte program that operates in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Bobcats owner Michael Jordan presented YMCA of Greater Charlotte President Andy Calhoun with the donation at West Charlotte High School in front of a crowd of screaming students.
Along with the sponsorship, one Y Achievers student, each from West Charlotte High School, West Mecklenburg High School and Vance High School was surprised with a $5,000 scholarship to help fund their educational goals after high school. The YMCA operates the Y Achievers program in the three CMS high schools.
“I grew up in the YMCA,” said Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan. “We felt like this could be a little bit more targeted scenario where we could actually get to the kids. A lot of times you want to give to an organization itself but this is where we identified some of the kids within the YMCA.”
Y Achievers is a national YMCA program designed to help teens set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in graduation and acceptance into a post-secondary institute or adoption of a vocation. Y Achievers helps teens improve academic performance, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and interact with professionals who serve as role models.
“At the Y, we believe in nurturing the potential of all teens. That is why Y Achievers is offered to students at no cost,” said YMCA of Greater Charlotte President Andy Calhoun. “We are so grateful to Bobcats Sports & Entertainment and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth for their generosity and support of Y Achievers and our community's young people.”
In partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Y Achievers addresses Charlotte's most critical need: increasing the graduation rate from 73.6% to 90% by 2014. Y Achievers helps teens set and reach post-secondary education and future career goals.
“The Bobcats and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth are outstanding partners for our district, supporting the Y Achievers program as well as individual students with scholarships,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison. “We are so honored to have them as partners and we appreciate the generosity and dedication to helping our students succeed in high school and beyond.”
About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 Y branches and two resident camps, engages approximately 292,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for 138 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymcacharlotte.org
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