NFA West All Male Mentoring Program visits Madison Square Garden
NFA West All Male Mentoring Program students attended a trip to a St. John’s University Basketball Game at Madison Square Garden. Students had an opportunity to tour New York City and learn more about sports arenas, colleges in Manhattan and other cultural institutions. The purpose of this program is to provide male scholars at NFA West with an opportunity to explore self-awareness, leadership potential, barriers that impact social, emotional and academic success and provide them with experiences that expose them to individuals that can have a positive impact on their lives.
Ms. Lakeya Stukes, Guidance Counselor at NFA West reached out to St. John’s University Athletic Department to request complimentary tickets for the game. Melissa Manno, Assistant AD / Director of Ticket Operations from St. John’s University Athletics graciously supported the program. When each student walked into Madison Square Garden, they were excited because it was their first time in the arena. They mentioned feeling great about being in a venue that has so much history and is one of New York’s City’s prominent landmarks.
In addition, Mr. Phil Howard, Board member reached out to Mr. Brian Morehead with Morehead Honda to support the program. Morehead Honda donated funds toward food for the young men. Ms. Ebony Clark, Administrator for NFA West commented on this act of service, “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Howard and Mr. Brian Morehead from Morehead Honda for supporting the program. It is acts such as these that allow for our young men to continue to aim for academic, social and emotional success.”
Stay tuned for more events to come for the young men at NFA West!
Below are a few student and staff highlights about the event:
"It was great to see St. John’s University defeat Iona College. We had a great time”- Anthony Barrett, 11th Grade
“We had great seats! The arena was huge and beautiful”- James Brantley, 9th Grade
“I’m encouraged to see our scholars enjoy a new life experience. For some this was the first time at Madison Square Garden and we had a great time”- Mr. Rudy Rodriguez, Security Guard at NFA West
“It was a great opportunity for the scholars to college athletics firsthand. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves in New York City." Dr. Rawle Shewprashad, Teacher
Story and photos provided.
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