National Grid Foundation Sponsors City-Wide Essay Contest
June 17, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On Wednesday June 11, Head Women's Basketball Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl and former men's basketball standout God Shammgod visited DelSesto Middle School in Providence to speak to the students about the importance of education and to award the winners of the 2014 National Grid Foundation Hoops for the Stars Essay Contest.
Through the essay contest, elementary and middle school students in Providence were challenged to write an essay on how they will incorporate hard work in the classroom and the community to achieve their dreams. Hundreds of essays were submitted and reviewed by members of the Providence school system and the Providence College athletic department.
This year, two winners were selected and were presented with a certificate and awards from Coach Robinson Fruchtl and Shammgod.
2014 marks the sixth consecutive year that Providence College and the National Grid Foundation have teamed up to sponsor the Hoops for the Stars Program in Providence elementary and middle schools. Through a generous grant from the National Grid Foundation, 5,500 tickets to Providence College men's and women's basketball games were provided to students who exhibited leadership and a commitment to excellence in the classroom. Students were also rewarded with t-shirts that they could wear proudly for their efforts.
"Walking into DelSesto Middle School, I noticed a quote on the side of their building that reads 'helping to better the lives of others is the greatest achievement.' That resonated with me because it is clear that the mission of the National Grid Foundation and the mission of our Providence schools are one and the same. With the support of the National Grid Foundation and the Hoops for the Stars Program, teachers and students are inspired to better their own lives and those of others." said Head Women's Basketball Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl.
After leading Providence College to the Elite 8 in 1997, God Shammgod declared for the NBA and continued a professional career for more than 15 years. Shammgod is now back at PC to finish his degree and he spoke to the students at DelSesto about his upbringing in New York City and how it is never too late to pursue an education. "I grew up with many of the same issues as you," said Shammgod to the students, "I am back at PC now taking advantage of an opportunity to get a world-class education. Wherever you are in your studies whether you are an A student or you are at the bottom of your class, it is never too late to change your direction and get on the path to success."
The Hoops for the Stars Program continues to draw praise from the teachers and administrators in Providence as well. "The Hoops for the Stars program is deeply appreciated by our students and faculty. We are especially proud that two of our own were winners of the essay contest. Given our students' attentiveness, it was obvious that the words of Coach Robinson Fruchtl and Mr. Shammgod hit home. It means so much to our faculty and administrators when students can be shown a meaningful connection between academic achievement and success in sports. Thanks so much for taking the time to share!", said DelSesto Assistant Principal, Richard Bensusan.
Official StoreOfficial Online
Kris Dunn To Return To For...
Providence College sophomore Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) announced today (April 24) that he will return for the 2015-16 season at Providence. Dunn had a...
Men's Lacrosse Defeats BIG...
The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated Villanova, 6-5, on Saturday, April 25 in Providence, R.I. in its final game of the 2015 campaign.
Softball Splits Games At...
The Providence College softball team split the first two games of a three-game BIG EAST Conference series at Georgetown today (April 25).
Mullins and Sisson Capture...
The Providence College men's and women's track teams competed at the 121st Penn Relays last night (Thursday, April 23).
Women's Hockey Holds End Of ...
The Providence College women's hockey team held its annual year end banquet today (April 25) at Schneider Arena. The team honored its six graduating seniors ...
Women's Tennis Falls In...
The 8th seeded Providence College women's tennis team fell 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Big East Championship presented by New York Life to top seeded...
Men's Lacrosse Set To Host...
The Providence College men's lacrosse team is set to host Villanova at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at the Ray Treacy Track and Field Complex in...
Women's Tennis Finds Victory...
The Providence College women's tennis team moved into the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tennis Championship with a 4-2 victory over the Creighton Bluejays on...