2018 Year Round Activities

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Our 2018 year-round programming for our BOSS student-athletes and their non-athlete peers included weekly one-on-one academic coaching, mentoring, real world experiences and opportunities for advocacy and service.  Please enjoy this Goggle photo gallery that captures some of our “off-season” engagements.  Highlights included:

  • Saturday sessions on each of the 6 BOSS Pillars (Economically, Mentally, Physically, Socially, Emotionally and Spiritually BOSS);
  • Regular, one-on-one academic coaching in English, History, Math, Science and Technology;
  • a visit to the USS Iowa courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams as part of the NFL’s Play 360 Salute to Veterans effort;
  • attendance at the 19th Annual National Association of Minority Contractors (Southern CA chapter) Leadership Awards dinner, where the boys interacted with architects, contractors, designers, engineers and other construction professionals to learn more about those career pathways;
  • attendance at Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s 20th Annual Awards Gala and 77th birthday celebration of the Rev Jesse Jackson, where the boys interacted with business, civic, education and political leaders and legends;
  • a salute to ESP founder, Everett Glenn, supported by the Los Angeles Chargers;
  • Robotics exploration provided by Innovos Robotics;
  • participation in the Make Hustle Happen campaign sponsored by the NFL and Microsoft, where the boys learned how NFL players “make hustle happen” through side businesses and collaboration to serve a cause they care about; brainstormed their own ideas for their own side hustle or a supporting a cause; drafted an action plan using Windows 10; and presented their action plans to gain the inspiration they need to execute next steps;
  • participation in Microsoft sponsored event honoring and celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inspiring creativity and imagination in the boys including an art workshop where the boys were able to create art pieces that answer the question “What Does Dr. King’s Dream Mean to You?”.  A select group were invited back for an awards ceremony and a showing of their artwork;
  • participation in our 2nd annual BOSS Showcase on Friday, Jan 25 from the Pointe at the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State.  200 plus area student-athletes were joined by 20-30 other professionals for a day of exploring career/entrepreneurship pathways and success strategies.  Former Marquette standout and NBA player, now a NBA Players Association career counselor, Dr. Lloyd Walton, one of 3 former players in NBA history to earn a Doctorate, will deliver the Showcase luncheon keynote, After lunch, participants were treated to a presentation by mental performance expert Michael Cooper. BOSS Awards honoree, former NFL player and current Fox Sports personality, Marcellus Wiley, shared a few words and personally autographed copies of his new book Never Shut Up.  We ended the day with a tour of the Long Beach State campus.
  • participation in our 2nd annual BOSS™ Awards (a rebrand the Super Bowl events we staged the past 7 years).  The Awards included a salute of the Port of Long Beach and Executive Director Mario Cordero; Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul (LeBron James, et al) Chargers’ Senior Director of Player Engagement, Arthur Hightower; LBUSD Board Member Dr. Felton Williams; Dodgers’ VP of External Affairs, Naomi Rodriguez; the Marriott’s Imran Ahmed; and Fox Sports’ Marcellus Wiley.  KCBS-TV Sports Anchor and Sports Director, Jim Hill, will host the awards, joining our honorary co-chairs  Darrell Miller of Fox Rothschild and Long Beach Councilmember Rex Richardson.

Enjoy a few pictures from a recent BOSS Saturday where we exposed the boys to coding courtesy of Microsoft, continued our work on the BOSS Pillars, and welcomed UCLA’s all-time leading rusher, turned Green Bay Packers draft pick to Rams front office staff following a career ending injury suffered during his rookie season, Jonathan Franklin, for a conversation around dealing with and fighting through the challenges of life.  Faith. Persistence.  BOSS!

Here’s a short video that captures some of the excitement from a recent BOSS Saturday around our Mentally BOSS Pillar.  Our boys were joined by a group of architects, computer scientists, designers and software developers for a day of exploring STEAM careers, requirements and conversations around current and their future projects.  .  Here’s a short video that captures some of the excitement from our most recent BOSS Saturday, when our student-athletes were joined by 6 current and former NFL players (including former NFL All-Pros Ron Brown and Greg Townsend, former All-American’s Darnell Bing and Uchenna Nwosu (2018 2nd round pick of the Chargers), former USC great and 4th round pick Will Pole and former All-Pac-12 performer turned law student, Jeremiah Allison) for our most recent BOSS Saturday.  In addition to exploring success strategies, how they overcame the obstacles they each faced, what they would have done different…universally pay more attention to education…. and, most important the value of the persistence they developed (more valuable than talent, genius or education) to stay the course

In between those recent BOSS Saturdays, 100 of our boys joined the Dodgers in a celebration of Jackie Robinson’s centennial birthday, all part of our year-round engagement that includes academic coaching, mentoring, real world experiences and opportunities for advocacy and service.  A couple weeks before our Dodgers event, our fearless leader shared an update on BOSS with the Long Beach Board of Education.


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