March 6, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
On Saturday March 2nd Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll recognized Bob Keller and the National Grid Foundation during halftime of the men's basketball game vs. St. Johns. 2012-2103 marks the fifth consecutive year that the National Grid Foundation has teamed up with Providence College Athletics to promote the Hoops for the Stars Program. The National Grid Foundation Hoops for the Stars is a partnership program in which the National Grid Foundation and Providence College Athletics provide inner-city students with the opportunity to earn tickets to Providence College men's basketball games in return for hard work in the classroom and positive behavior in the community.
The program has expanded over the years thanks to additional support from the National Grid Foundation. This year, 5,500 tickets were provided to inner city schools and students will have the opportunity to participate in a city wide essay contest. The winner will receive a surprise visit to their school from Head Men's Basketball Coach Ed Cooley and Head Women's Basketball Coach, Susan Robinson-Fruchtl.
"Hoops for the Stars gives Providence students the chance to earn tickets to Providence College basketball games in return for their positive efforts in school and in the community," said Mayor Taveras. "I thank Providence College and the National Grid Foundation for their commitment to our city's youth."