ESP Education & Leadership Institute Sports Is More than Game Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:31:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Moot Court Competition Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:31:24 +0000 Several members of the BOSS Class of 2015, who also participate in the mentoring program sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Long Beach, engaged in an exciting Moot Court competition at the Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The Moot Court competition was part of the annual scholarship reception for the 100 Black Men of Long Beach, during which the 7 graduating seniors were awarded scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500. Long Beach State hosted the event courtesy of Trimaine Davis, the university’s outreach and recruitment specialist.

The two Moot Court teams argued a 1st Amendment case that involved the decision of a school principal to ban a badge that students had created after the appearance of a “Black Lives Matter” organization on campus. Claiming that the slogan “screw discrimination, Black lives matter” was somehow offensive, pitted student groups against each other and caused disruption of the educational process, the district banned the badge and suspended several students.   After spirited arguments on both sides, during which time students were able to demonstrate their ability to think on their feet and respond off the cuff to questions, a panel of judges that included Robin D. Perry, Esq., Gary Anderson, Esq., and ESP’s Everett glenn ruled that the team representing the suspended students successfully argued that the ban violated the 1st Amendment rights of the students.

Special shout out to The 100 founding member Jesse Johnson, Howard Perry, Lance Roberts, Ahmed Saafir, and the rest of The 100 for all that they do to make a difference in the lives of young men in the Long Beach, CA area. We look forward to collaborating with The 100 on other projects to benefit both BOSS participants and The 100 mentees.

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Keep it Moving with Marsha Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:13:37 +0000 Everett Glenn discussing the challenges facing student athletes and solutions on the Keep It Moving show on WEAA 88.9 FM

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MBNA-Sports Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:38:23 +0000 ESP’s Everett Glenn joined 15-year NFL veteran and 3 x Super Bowl champion (New England Patriots) Willie McGinest of the NFL Network, Zing Shaw, Chief Diversity Officer for the Atlanta Hawks, and Larry Abel, AEG’s Director of Business Development in a spirited conversation around obstacles and opportunities for Black professionals in the $600 billion per year sports business industry. The conversation was moderated by NFL Total Access host Steve Wyche, hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, and organized by NFL Network’s Director of Operations, Linda DeYampert.

Panelists shared their wisdom and experience with a packed house that included members of the NBMBAA – Los Angeles Chapter, their Young Leaders, and the National Urban League’s Young Professionals at the swank MDR (Marina Del Rey) Hotel. The conversation started with an examination of the reasons behind the reluctance of Black athletes to select Black professionals for representation and included a discussion about the efforts of the Hawks to respond to the racially charged emails of former owner Bruce Levenson, the lack of success of the 99% of Black athletes who do not go pro, the lack of success of the 1% of Black athletes who do go pro, to the challenges Black athletes face in trying to successfully navigate the process and transition to life after their sport.

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BOSS Cold Sweat Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:43:36 +0000 From the beginning of time man has always expressed himself through art forms and left those messages here for us to learn of their being here. Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and academic achievement. Research also confirms that involvement in the arts increases student engagement, can play a significant role in the continual development of students’ reading comprehension skills, and has been shown to improve students’ self-esteem as well as their confidence In addition to building social and communication skills overall.

In addition, art is a form of life, the self is an art form, and without the arts we have no culture. We view our role as facilitators, as way-showers, and we jumped at the opportunity to treat our BOSS peer leaders to the Los Angeles premiere of Neal Bell’s darkly comic drama, Cold Sweat. Directed by Andrew Wood, Cold Sweat deals with topics that will are astoundingly familiar to inner city youngsters: hardship. In the play we meet Alice Franklin, a combat surgeon, who faces death and dying every day as a stream of broken soldiers are brought to her operating room. one character struggles with wartime trauma and suffers from PTSD.  Another character plots to avoid the pointless suffering from her terminal illness.

Inspired in part by the life of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Bell’s remarkable play finds humor in the unlikeliest places even as it pitches our modern scientific skepticism against its eternal nemesis — faith. Beneath the wisecracks and the gallows humor, though, a powerful undertow of grief lends gravity to the otherwise comic proceedings.

Neal Bell’s plays, including Spatter Pattern (Edgar Award), Monster, Two Small Bodies, Raw Youth, Cold Sweat, Ready For The River, Sleeping Dogs, Ragged Dick, On The Bum, and Somewhere In The Pacific, have appeared at Playwrights Horizons and Classic Stage Company in New York, and at regional theaters including Berkeley Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, and Actors Theater of Louisville, where his ten-minute play Out the Window was a co-winner of the 1990 Heideman Award. Mr. Bell has been a playwright-in-residence at the Yale School of Drama, and has taught playwriting at New York University, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and the 42nd Street Collective. He is currently a member of the Theater Department faculty at Duke University. A recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment and the Guggenheim Foundation, Mr. Bell was awarded an Obie Award in 1992 for sustained achievement in playwriting. His adaptation of Emile Zola’s Therese Raquin was recently made into the major feature film In Secret, starring Jessica Lange and Oscar Isaac.

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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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