Nov. 5, 2007
GLEN BURNIE, Md. -- Navy head men's basketball coach Billy Lange spent his Monday morning at Rippling Woods Elementary School in Glen Burnie, talking to about 600 students as part of the "Score For Schools" Program. It is the latest in a series of visits from the Navy men's basketball coaching staff as part of the educational program.
With the assistance and backing of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, "Score For Schools" is a program that rewards an elementary school's students for reaching a certain level of academic achievement. The Navy coaches speak about the importance of staying in school and the role academics, communication, leadership and respect plays in being a student-athlete.
"It's a program that we are thrilled to be a part of and we are very appreciative of the opportunity to go to these schools and speak," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "Part of our job as coaches and administrators is to reach out and give back to the community for supporting us, and this is one of the ways we are able to do it. We really enjoy going out to the schools and doing this."
"We received extremely positive feedback from everyone about this morning's assembly. The kids and the adults loved it," said Rippling Woods guidance counselor Jane McKain. "Coach Lange's message was more for grades 3-5, but I have heard from both kindergarten and first-grade teachers how much the kids loved it."
The program is comprised of several elements and rewards students based on what they accomplish in the classroom. The level of academic achievement can be based on attendance, test scores, participation, etc. Those students are each rewarded with one free ticket to a game the school chooses to attend. Parents, friends and family members may purchase discounted tickets in advance. Each institution has the option of scheduling a visit by a Navy basketball coach to their school. Lastly, each school has the option to participate in a contest in which their students can create a poster that shows the relationship between academics and athletics, which will then be displayed at the game the schools elect to attend.
Currently, 12 schools are enrolled in the program. They are the following: Crofton Elementary School, Quarterfield Elementary School, Belvedere Elementary School, Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School, Rippling Woods Elementary, Eldersburg Elementary, Glen Burnie Park Elementary, Georgetown East Elementary School, Pasadena Elementary, Tracey's Elementary, Freetown Elementary and Bodkin Elementary.
The previous week, assistant coach Jason Crafton spoke to about 40 students at Georgetown East Elementary School. That school will attend the Canisius game on Nov. 21, while the Rippling Woods Elementary School group will attend the Towson game on Nov. 29.
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