May 31, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College Men's Basketball Coach Ed Cooley and Women's Basketball Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl went to the Robert F. Kennedy School in Providence today (May 31), for a surprise visit to award the winner of the 2012 National Grid Foundation Hoops for the Stars Essay Contest. Also in attendance to present the award were rising sophomores Chanise Baldwin, Alexis Harris and Tori Rule from the Friar women's basketball team.
Elementary and middle school students in Providence were challenged to write an essay on how they will incorporate hard work in the classroom and in 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.
"We are so proud to present this award and I want to thank The National Grid Foundation for making this program possible," Cooley said.
This year's winner was presented with a certificate and awards from Coach Cooley and Coach Robinson Fruchtl.
"Looking around the auditorium today, it is easy to see the impact that programs like Hoops for the Stars have on the youth of our community," said Robinson Fruchtl. "Today was a great day for the students of Providence city schools and I appreciate the generosity of the National Grid Foundation to make it possible."
This year marks the fourth-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 this program, 4,500 tickets to Providence College men's basketball games were provided to Providence students who exhibited leadership and a commitment to excellence in the classroom. Students also were rewarded with t-shirts that they could wear proudly for their efforts.