The Pete and Jameer Nelson Foundation is committed to the academics, athletics, and the social development of children by providing funding, resources, mentoring, occupational skills, life skills, employment; and coaching to the kids of the Chester/Philadelphia and Orlando area. Our goal is to enrich the lives of kids while providing them with opportunities that they normally would not have. Using NBA All Star Jameer Nelsonís name and stature, we are able connect and communicate with kids of all ages. We will empower and prepare the kids of Chester and Philadelphia for the everyday academic challenges the world has to offer through this program. Our main objective is to provide each student with one on one academic assessment, preparation for reading comprehension and writing; and also the knowledge required for sustaining gainful education that will help students understand the academic concepts that are being presented.
Team Nelson is a youth basketball program that focuses on more than just winning and losing. We want to provide kids with not only basketball skills but also the skills to complete their academic responsibilities. The Foundation's goal is to have all of our players get into and graduate from college. Each player will be required to go through the Read to Achieve and Writing Enrichment Program. We take the phrase "student-athlete" and put the emphasis on the student part. Basketball-wise, our primary objective is to instill Jameer's philosophy of being "the best teammate" into each individual in the program.
This program will be implemented in Chester in the near future and will encourage kids to want to become better students through reading and writing. The program will consist of "four quarters" - Fundamentals of Reading, Community Outreach, Reading is Fundamental, and Presentations. In the first quarter, students will be provided with book bags, school supplies, and a book to read. After completing the book in a required time, the students will write a book report. During the second quarter, students must devote 50 hours of community service. They will write about that experience in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, students will complete a mock college application and present it to the Foundation. Once completed with all four quarters the students will be eligible for scholarships from the Pete and Jameer Nelson Foundation.
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