Dec. 18, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI - Through the collaboration of Providence College and the National Grid Foundation, the second year of the "Hoops for the Stars" is about to kick off. The program provides recognition for the academic progress of approximately 1,500 Providence middle school students. Following last year's successful inaugural season, the Hoops for the Stars program will continue to provide unique opportunities for promoting educational advancement in the greater Providence area.
Through a generous grant from the National Grid Foundation, Providence College will provide 3,000 tickets to students and parents of the Hoops for the Stars program for eight games during the 2009-2010 Men's Basketball season. With assistance from the Providence School Department, eight schools have been selected to participate in the program and students selected by teachers and principals for significant improvement in their classroom performance will be awarded the tickets. Among the criteria schools may use are: Academic achievement, substantial increase in attendance, improvement in classroom behavior, and outstanding contributions to the surrounding community.
"This is a great incentive for thousands of middle school students in the Providence Public Schools. Our students, teachers and staff have been working hard to promote positive school culture with the aid of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program," said Superintendent Thomas M. Brady. "The PBIS program encourages citizenship and behavior that supports academic achievement for all students. The chance to spend a few hours out at a PC basketball game with classmates and parents is a special experience to reward that good behavior. Go Friars!"
"We look forward to another successful year with Providence College as we work together to motivate students to excel in the classroom and more importantly for children to celebrate their achievements with a parent as they share a great time together at a PC game.," said Bob Keller, President, National Grid Foundation.
"Once again, Providence College is excited to be partnering with the National Grid Foundation and Hoops for Stars program," Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. "I believe the program was very successful last season and will continue to be a great reward for the hard-working students in the community. This partnership allows these special students the opportunity to see the positive outcomes of hard work and dedication in the classroom when they see our athletes competing at the highest level."
Tickets are for games against Big East rivals Louisville, Rutgers, UConn, Marquette, Georgetown, West Virginia, Syracuse and Seton Hall. The students and their parents or guardians will each receive a commemorative t-shirt in recognition of their achievement in being selected for the program.
Through the support of Providence area media, it's hoped that other schools will be inspired to participate in the program. Thanks to the efforts of Providence College and the National Grid Foundation, Hoops for the Stars will have a strong impact on the academic progress of thousands of students at a critical point in their lives.
The National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life in areas where National Grid provides services. The Foundation's ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has provided over $15 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.