New Orleans, LA - Members of the Dillard University athletics staff and teams were on hand to serve thier community during the NCAA Men's Final Four.
On Saturday, March 31, 2012 Dillard University athletics volunteered to work the NCAA Youth Clinic at the Alario Center. The POWERADEŽ NCAA Youth Clinics are a community outreach program that connects kids ages 8-16 with the basketball championships and provides them with resources designed to have a lasting impact. Over 300 kids showed up for the clinic. Highlights of the clinic included Dillard Head Men's Basketball Coach, Bernard Griffith and Junior, Jazzmin Smith participating on the panel for the parent session. The session, moderated by Glen Terry, featured an interactive discussion about recruiting, eligibility, and college life for athletes.
On Sunday, April 1, 2012, Dillard University athletics partnered with GameBreakers, a summit organized by UWANTGAMEand supported by the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement, that uses sports to bolster young black males' confidence, education, and positive self-image. Several well-known figures from the sports world, including ESPN sportscaster Mike Hill, led the summit's interactive workshops and a panel discussion on personal, professional, and academic development. The panel, titled "The Influence of Sport on African American Males," featured persons representing high schools, universities, athletic organizations, and professional sports teams, including Talman Gardner (McDonogh 35 College Prep), Vic Richard (New Orleans Recreation Development Commission), Bernard Griffith (Dillard University), Keith Gill (American University), and J.J. Polk (New Orleans Hornets). Athletic Director, Kiki Baker Barnes co-facilitated a session for the coaches with Paul Bryant entitled "Personal Branding: Advancing Your Coaching Career through the success of your student-athletes."