• St. Louis American

    The Saint Louis Public School District recognized 541 scholar athletes from the district on April 12 at the 6th Annual Saint Louis Public Schools Scholar Athlete Luncheon, organized by SLPS Athletic Director Travis Brown and District Development Officer Linda Riekes with private funding. The St. Louis Cardinals were a major sponsor of this year’s event.

    “The major goal of the recognition luncheon is to promote the understanding that interscholastic athletics and activities are an important part of comprehensive education,” Brown said. “This year’s group of scholar athletes certainly prove that point.”

    SLPS scholar athletes must earn a 3.25 grade point average or higher while successfully completing an athletic season. They must also promote the values of sportsmanship, citizenship, character and academic excellence to earn the honor.

    More than 75 local sports and business leaders served as table role models during the event. The table role models spent 45 minutes talking with the scholar athletes about their careers, sharing tips and providing guidance for the students’ futures.

    Among the table role models in attendance were former Olympian Ivory Crockett, former NFL stars Charles Brown and Kevin Potter, St. Louis American Hall of Fame photojournalist Wiley Price, St. Louis Surge owner Khalia Collier, area college coaches and athletes, and St. Louis American sports editor Public High League historian Earl Austin Jr..

    Ian Roberts II, a middle distance runner who competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, shared words of inspiration and wisdom. He went on to earn a master's degree in Executive Leadership from Georgetown University and a doctoral degree in Urban Educational Leadership from Morgan State University. He credits participating in the Olympics to the influence of a school administrator who gave him a second chance.

    St. Louis legend Cedric The Entertainer provided an encouraging message via videotape.