Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Jordan partners with Inglewood High

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to represent for Jordan's "Wings" program at Inglewood High. Wings partners with high schools around the country in hopes of not only boosting students attendance but also their morale.

The students who attended learned by being in partnership with Michael Jordan they would receive new desktop computers, graphic programs and a new basketball court, just to name a few of the many things that was soon to come.

Today marks the beginning of Jordan’s WINGS for the Future program, a new effort to motivate and inspire youth within our communities with the pillars of education, sport and creativity in mind. The first school to partner with Jordan for the WINGS program is Inglewood High School in Los Angeles, CA.

For the next six weeks, Jordan employees will make weekly visits to the high school to conduct workshops and take part in special activities. Among the events planned are workshops on graphics and design, an essay contest, and a career day panel with employees from across the brand. We’ll also be helping to refurbish their court and various classrooms, and get the school hooked up with new computers for their design lab.

Inglewood High School gave us a warm welcome today with a pep-rally like atmosphere in the gym. The band was playing, the cheerleaders were performing, and the crowd was buzzing with excited students. Former Inglewood High School students D’Wayne Edwards (Jordan’s Creative Operations Manager) and Lawrence Jackson (professional football player) spoke with the students about how their education helped get them to where they are today. MC Lyte also made a appearance and even dropped a freestyle to begin her speech.

There are definitely big things to come for Inglewood High School, and we’re happy to be there to help. Stay tuned for more updates on the WINGS for the Future program in the coming weeks.

1 comment:

Ty said...

That is awesome, I love it when people/myself give back, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside :~>