Spotlight on student athletes
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:05 am
By Earl Austin Jr.
SLPS Banquet: Olympic great and East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the keynote speaker at the St. Louis Public Schools Scholar-Athlete Luncheon at the Missouri Athletic Club. Joyner-Kersee is joined by Clarence Gaines, Board member, Les Snead, St. Louis Rams General Manager and Travis Brown, SLPS Director of Athletics.
Last week was very eventful for me as I had the opportunity to participate in two special events that recognized our young people for outstanding achievement.
On May 1, I attended the second annual St. Louis Public Schools Scholar-Athlete Luncheon, which was held at the Missouri Athletic Club. I attended the inaugural event last year, but this year’s luncheon was bigger and even better.The purpose of the Scholar-Athlete Luncheon was to recognize those young athletes at SLPS high schools who have achieved a grade point average of 3.25 and higher. There were 311 athletes honored at the first event. At the second one, there were 412 scholar-athletes honored, which was an increase of 101. Tremendous.
“The major goal of the luncheon was to promote the understanding that interscholastic athletics and activities are an important part of a comprehensive education,” said Travis Brown, SLPS Director of Athletics. “The Scholar-Athlete Luncheon also focused on the academic success of all student athletes and their commitment, self-discipline, honesty, dedication, teamwork and cooperation. These attributes are all valuable lessons they can impart not only in the classroom but also on the field, court, track and in life.”First, I would like to congratulate all of the kids for their outstanding achievement in the classroom and on the athletic field. Also, I would like to thank Travis Brown for allowing me to be a part of this special event once again.
On Sunday, I served as the Master of Ceremonies at the Larry Hughes High School Athletic Awards Banquet, which was held at the Hilton at the Ballpark.The event was presented by the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation. It was a wonderful banquet and always one of the highlights of my sports season.
The story can be accessed here.