ESP Education & Leadership Institute Sports Is More than Game Wed, 20 May 2015 06:16:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ESP Division 1 Signing Reception 2015 Tue, 19 May 2015 08:59:17 +0000 On Saturday, May 16, 2015, we staged our 2nd Annual D-1 Reception in the Ruffin Boardroom at the Long Beach Airport Marriott for area student-athletes who earned a Division 1 scholarship in football.  Headlined by USC signee Kevin Scott (Salesian) and Holy Cross signee Chase Moore (Verbum Dei), the purpose of the reception was two-fold.  First, we wanted to recognize and congratulate the student-athletes (and parents) for being among the 6% of high school athletes who earn a Division 1 scholarship.  Because we know that what got the youngsters to this point in their lives will not produce the same level of success at the next level, we also wanted to share the BOSS support (mentoring, opportunities for advocacy, real life experiences and intern opportunities) we will provide the youngsters and their parents as a way to bridge the gap going forward.

A special shout out goes to one of the newest BOSS athletes, Kevin Scott.  Talk about time management.  Kevin’s day started with a workout at Salesian in Los Angeles in the morning.  He then made his way to Long Beach to participate in the BOSS reception from 2-4.  By 6pm, Kevin had made his way to Corona, CA where he escorted Taylor Pierce to the Foothill High prom.

For BOSS student-athletes, success is the only option.

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Clippers vs. Spurs Game Tue, 19 May 2015 08:53:03 +0000 They say that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” and the BOSS “process” takes into consideration the fact that youngsters need to get out and have fun.  In this case, the “fun” was Game 5 of the Los Angeles Clippers versus San Antonio Spurs series on April 28th at Staples Center and “Jack” was BOSS athlete Adam Karpa.  An 8th grader at KIPP Academy in South Central Los Angeles, Adam is a member of the inaugural 2014 BOSS class who looks forward to Year 2 of the transformation with great anticipation.

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NBA BOSS Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:51:57 +0000 We staged our NBA BOSS at Club Nokia at LA Live for 250 high school student-athletes from Crenshaw, Dorsey, Long Beach Jordan and Long Beach Poly High schools.  Students spent the entire day interacting with 25 sports industry professionals to learn about behind the scenes business, career and entrepreneurial opportunities in sports. (Look at all the images here)

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The 16th Annual Rainbow Push Entertainment Project and Citizenship Education Fund Awards Gala 11.20.2014 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:32:12 +0000 Rainbow Push Boss

In the tradition of Lyndon B. Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Schwerner, Goodman and Cheney, a group of BOSS athletes joined over 400 business, civic, political and religious leaders in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The 16th Annual Rainbow Push Entertainment Project and Citizenship Education Fund Awards Gala took place November 20, 2014 at the luxurious Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA

Seen at the scene:  Civil rights icon, Rev Jesse Jackson; actor, comedian, entertainer and television/radio personality Michael Colyar; Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate of the 5th Episcopal District of the AME Church; Danny Bakewell, chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and owner of The Bakewell Company, which includes among its holdings the New Orleans radio station WBOK and the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper; Morgan Stanley Senior VP and former UCLA basketball great Ralph Jackson; award-winning R&B and jazz singer, songwriter and actress Chante’ Moore;  Grammy award-winning R&B and soul-singer, songwriter Chrisette Michele.

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Black History Month Celebration 2.28.15 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:28:16 +0000 Roland Wiley, a principal at RAW International, captivated a joint session of BOSS athletes and Menformation students with a powerful presentation on the history of Black people, “From Adam and Eve to Barack Obama”.  RAW International is a diverse team of professionals who collaborate with client and community stakeholders to solve programming, planning and design challenges. Since 1984, RAW International has delivered more than $2 billion of new construction and renovation for transit, federal, public works, higher education, healthcare, corporate, hospitality, and retail projects.

The purpose of Roland’s presentation was to help the youngsters understand that Black History started at the very beginning of time with Adam and Eve.  Our traditional education system generally teaches us the history of Black people after slavery and does not shed any light on the rich history we as a people have had since the beginning of time.  As a student of the recently deceased Dr. Josef Ben Jochanan, Mr. Wiley spent 2 weeks exploring Egypt under his tutelage in what was a life changing experience.  History confirms that Black folks have achieved greatness since the beginning of time.  Mr. Wiley used images of black people from Adam and Eve to Noah and the original Hebrews.  Using images from ancient Egypt, he illustrated images of people who look like us and the great temples and monuments they built.   Mr. Wiley also illustrated the greatness we have achieved since arriving to the United States as slaves using images of Congressmen and Senators elected during Reconstruction, to Black Wall Street, to Martin Luther King, to President Barack Obama.


The feedback from the presentation was very positive, students asked insightful questions, and even the adults in the room learned a thing or two about our journey.  We believe that the more young people know about their history, and the nature and extent of our contributions to civilization, the easier we can combat the “young Blacks are only athletes” stereotyping in society.

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22nd Annual Economics Awards Gala Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:18:36 +0000 BOSS student-athletes joined us at the Great Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Annual Economics Awards Gala at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live.

Actress Dawnn Lewis (A DIFFERENT WORLD and HANGIN’ WITH MR. COOPER) headlined the 22nd Annual Gala, and joined a packed house of 750 guests in recognizing individuals, corporations and African American businesses in 13 award categories for their achievements, commitment to diversity in hiring and business contracting and for providing opportunities to minority businesses.  The theme of this year’s gala:  Advocating, Educating and Creating Business Opportunities.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, delivered the keynote address.  Noel Massie, President, UPS, South California District, was Dinner Chair.  Honorees included (first female and first Black) California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris; Toyota North America General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Christopher Reynolds; and Bank of America’s Senior Vice President Garrett Gin.  Guests included LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA County Board of Supervisors member Mark Ridley-Thomas, executives of American Honda, Bank of America, Hensel Phelps, Kaiser Permanente, Northrop Grumman, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Toyota, Union Bank, UPS, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.

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Eric Garner Case: Sports Mirroring Life Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:59:41 +0000 blackpressusa-logoIn BlackPressUSA from the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Everett Glenn discusses the Eric Garner case and how sports mirrors life.

Read the article…

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6th Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:59:59 +0000

We established the John Wooten Leadership Awards as a way to recognize the contribution that John Wooten has made during a 50-year NFL career as a player and front office executive. The awards are presented annually to the NFL player, NFL executive and sports personality whose play, community activities and contributions exemplify the leadership and vision of John Wooten, affectionately known as the “Godfather”. Like the Marlon Brando character, Wooten’s level of influence knows no bounds and his blessings and endorsement can build a career. Commissioners, general managers and head coaches seek his advice and to gain his counsel is the key to gaining knowledge and insight that is virtually unparalleled in the NFL. As Chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, John has been a major instrument behind the successful movement for diversity in the NFL, including establishment of the so-called “Rooney Rule”.

The 6th Annual John Wooten Leadership Awards were held Thursday, January 29, 2015, in Tempe, Arizona to coincide with Super Bowl XLIX. The red carpet video is below.

6th-annual-john-wooten-awards-program-cover-smallAward recipients

Pro Player Award
Charles Tillman
Executive Leadership Award
Martin Mayhew
Community Leader Award
Arnold Hackett
Special Recognition
Melanie Few-Harrison
Trailblazer Award
Linda Alvarado
Coach “Mac” Award
National Basketball Association
Lifetime Achievement Award
Raymond E. Anderson

Click here to view the program.

Click here for a photo gallery from the event.

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6th Annual Super Bowl BOSS Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:59:04 +0000

The 6th Annual Super Bowl BOSS was held January 28, 2015, at Arizona State University.

250 Phoenix/Tucson area middle school student-athletes met with 25 sports industry professionals to learn about behind the scene business, career and entrepreneurial opportunities in sports.

Highlights are included in the video below.

Click here for a photo gallery from the event.

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Athletes Respond: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:59:27 +0000 huffpost-blackvoices-logoIn the Black Voices section of, Everett Glenn discusses athletes’ response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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