Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chicago Sky WNBA game

Last night, I, along with new volunteer Joanna Michelson, accompanied seven of our students to a Chicago Sky WNBA game. The Sky played Western Conference-leading Phoenix Mercury. The game was close throughout, with many dramatic drives to the hoop and deep 3-pointers, but the Mercury pulled away in the last minute for a 106-99 victory.

A special thanks to Mike at the Chicago Sky for offering free tickets to Cabrini Connections. We were able to reward students who have been using our center over the summer. Savon meets with his mentor every Wednesday, Melissa joined the new Video and Filmmakers Club, and Ana, Malina, and Crystal frequently stop by to make use of our technology center. Though our regular tutoring scheduling runs during the academic year, our center is open all summer and we encourage students and volunteers to make use of it. At least 4x as many students have come this summer compared to last, but there's always room for more!

We were also about to reward new students in the program such as brothers Shaquille and Cantrell. Within a week of signing up, they met their mentors and joined the Video and Filmmakers Club. We are happy to see them immediately interact with Cabrini Connections and all it has to offer. We look forward to their success!

Lastly, I would like to commend the Sky for their work in the community. Last night they honored Women of Inspiration at halftime, and The Sky Cares Foundation supports the Sky's mission of building girls' self-esteem and providing girls and young women with positive mentors. Tutor/Mentor Connection could be a great resource for fulfilling that mission, so we will be in touch with them. Go Sky!

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