Thursday May 30, 2013
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Former University of Louisville basketball star, Angel McCoughtry, presents awards to Louisville youth
Angel McCoughtry, former University of Louisville basketball star, returned to Louisville today to present awards to area youth for their dedication to education and community service. The Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation issued a challenge to Louisville youth this past spring to stay committed to education and to become active in the community through service, highlighting the city’s recent efforts to stem violence.
The Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation (AMDF) and local agencies encouraged youth of all ages to read three books, complete 10 hours of community service and participate in an essay contest titled, “How I would make my neighborhood safer?” Participants included youth from various agencies -- including Louisville Metro Parks Community Centers, Village Learning and Development Center, Olmstead North School, Chestnut Street YMCA, Louisville Center Community Centers and other community-based organizations.
While playing for U of L, Angel McCoughtry led the Big East Conference in scoring, rebounding, and steals, and upon graduating in 2009, she was selected by the Atlanta Dream as the number one player in the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Draft. In an effort to give back to her adopted community and the fans who support her, McCoughtry began the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation in 2010 with a vision to “develop youth to become passionate about fulfilling dreams.” Internationally, Angel plays for the Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce, Istanbul as their top player in the women’s EuroLeague. In 2012 her basketball athletic skills were highlighted when she helped Team U.S.A. in the London 2012 Olympics win the Gold Medal in women’s basketball.
“My Foundation works to teach and empower youth to recognize their dreams by possessing good character, self-confidence and valuable life skills.” says McCoughtry. The Louisville Out-of-School Time (OST) Coordinating Council helped with grading the essays and selecting the finalists. The OST Coordinating Council is a community partnership – made up of Louisville Metro Government, Jefferson County Public Schools and Metro United Way -- convened to create a system of quality OST programs and services.
At 4:30 p.m. today -- at the State Farm Freddie Hanner office campus at 1827 West Broadway -- McCoughtry will present the top three service award winners with laptop computers. The remaining finalists will receive Kindle Fires or musical instruments, based on their interest. At 6:30 p.m. this evening, McCoughtry and representatives of the University of Louisville’s L Club will welcome back the finalists and invite all of the AMDF youth challenge participants for a recognition celebration at the Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Court. All participants will receive tee shirts, backpacks and school supplies, and McCoughtry -- along with the L Club athletes -- will run drills, deliver motivational speeches and sign autographs.
The winning essays will also be shared with Anthony Smith who was named by Mayor Greg Fischer as Director for Safe Neighborhoods earlier in 2013. Smith is working with residents of all ages and backgrounds, business, civic organizations, schools, government and police to create a holistic approach to address the root causes of violence.
For more information, contact Nat Green at 295-1980 or Darrell Aniton at 574-2685.