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LEFT: SCHOLARSHIP WINNER ANTHONY SMITH ACCEPTS AWARD OF OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BELOW: MORE SKOOLZ CLASSIC MOMENTS
LEFT: SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
ANTHONY SMITH ACCEPTS
AWARD OF OUTSTANDING
ACHIEVEMENT
BELOW: MORE SKOOLZ
CLASSIC MOMENTS
Setting The Stage
Live The Dream Foundation
(LDF) was busier than ever in
2010, and thanks to the love from a
community of loyal supporters we were
able to expand our outreach, plant
seeds for new programs and position
ourselves for a successful future. The
character of the LDF support team
spoke volumes. In a time of great
economic uncertainty, a
showing of great generosity
enabled LDF to to do bigger
and better things than ever
before. We celebrated the 10th
Anniversary of the Skoolz Classic
Charity Basketball Showcase with an
elegant dinner banquet. We launched
the Adman Arts mentoring program
and teamed up with Cutillo’s
Restaurant to host our first ever golf
outing. 2010 was a very special
year and has set the stage for a
monumental campaign in 2011!

Other content featured in this edition

ADMAN ARTS MENTORSHIP
ADMAN ARTS MENTORSHIP
CELEBRITY GOLF OUTING
CELEBRITY GOLF OUTING
W W W. P L A Y 2 N O. O R G
W W W. P L A Y 2 N O. O R G

10th Anniversary Skoolz Classic : Smiles Since 1991

by Stacey Brown-Carter

Live the Dream Foundation (LDF), an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, is the proud producer of the Skoolz Classic Charity Basketball Showcase. A primary objective of LDF is to encourage school students to earn a college degree through offering financial assistance and resources.

The Skoolz Classic offers the perfect venue for this objective. Proceeds benefit the Howard Brown Athletic Scholarship Fund (HBASF), which has given thousands of dollars in the form of scholarships to stellar student athletes over the years who were enrolled in and maintained attendance at a school, college or university, exhibited exemplary accomplishments academically and athletically, and are actively serving within their respective communities.

ALL-STAR SMILES ALL-STAR BASKETBALL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED CHILD PARTICIPATION
ALL-STAR SMILES
ALL-STAR BASKETBALL
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
CHILD PARTICIPATION

Live The Dream Foundation has a number of events throughout the year that provide our young people with a positive, constructive outlet to having fun as well as show off their skills, affords us the opportunity to impact their lives one event at a time, and provides a forum to periodically raise funds for an excellent cause. Investing in our future is LDF’s sole purpose for being in existence. Over the years, LDF and the Skoolz Classic has partnered with a number of local businesses and organizations in its attempt to impact a generation and has supported grassroots youth programs in the Pottstown community. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. The Skoolz Classic has stretched out its arms to the young people in Pottstown and in some cases, has literally mentored some. Over the years a variety of local vendors have gotten the chance to showcase their work and/or artistry (balloon and face painting), children of all ages were entertained, and a sense of community was restored. The Skoolz Hoop Shoot is held several times throughout the year and this past year the Cutillos Live The Dream Golf Outing was added to its host of activities.

The Skoolz Classic has showcased a host of budding stars before they became household names.
The Skoolz Classic has showcased a host of budding stars before
they became household names. 2007 Superbowl Champion Rian
Wallace, 2008 Men’s NCAA Tournament Champion and MVP,
Wayne Ellington, and 2009 NBA Lottery Pick Gerald Henderson,
all took part in the Skoolz Classic before transcending to stardom.
The brightest male and female athletes across the region and
abroad join us annually to give back to local student athletes and
anticipate attending each year. Money raised at the event has
helped two student athletes earn college degrees. In 2008, Jamell
Beasley graduated Towson University on the Dean’s List. Each
year we strive to present the best athletic and academic talent the
area has to offer, and we encourage participants to get involved.
It is not uncommon to see our players helping with an event,
sharing a laugh with a fan, or signing an autograph. We believe
that their interaction with children is significant to their overall
development. It serves as encouragement for their future success
and adds personality to a message of community unity.

10th Anniversary Banquet

by Stacey Brown-Carter

10th Anniversary Banquet by Stacey Brown-Carter Live The Dream Foundation hosted the Skoolz Classic 10th Anniversary

Live The Dream Foundation hosted the Skoolz Classic 10th Anniversary Banquet

at Cutillo’s Restaurant on Friday, June 18,

2010. Special thanks to everyone who

attended and helped to make the event a success, as well as our banquet sponsors,

Cutillo’s Restaurant, Unlimited Staffing Solutions, Charles Orlando, PC, The High Street Music Company, Maxout Strength Studios, and M&M Lube Inc.

The Skoolz Classic 10th Anniversary Banquet saluted the efforts of an organization influential in changing the lives of local student athletes and 110 who have

been active in attendance.

Howard Brown, founder of the Skoolz Classic, the Howard Brown Athletic Scholarship Fund (HBAS), and the Live the Dream Foundation opened the festivities, LTD President of Honor, Joe Brown Sr. delivered the invocation, and both John Celestand and Taj Clayton entertained with laughs, personal testimonies of moments that had a profound impact on their development as student athletes.

The keynote address charged parents and organizational leaders to take a hands-on-approach to cultivating growth by personally investing time and energy in the youth and sharing in their successes and failures. Barbara Brown, LDF Secretary, distributed the following special awards to key contributors: Longest Active Donor, Individual-10 years (Edward "Juke" Brown), Longest Active Donor, Business-10 years- Brunish's World Famous (Dan Brunish), Biggest Donor, Individual (Coach Ken & Linda Davis), and the Biggest Donor, Business- Unlimited Staff Solutions (Ed Brown). Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to the following: The High Street Music Company (David Charles), The Pottstown Mercury, Zap Digital (Phil Lang), McDonald's (Bruce Graham), Trophies-n-More (Lawrence Harvey). The Award of Outstanding Achievement went to 2005 HBAS Recipient and Bloomsburg University Football Standout Senior Anthony Smith who spoke about the impact receiving the award has had on his college career and how attending the Skoolz Classic gave him the opportunity to receive unwavering support from the Pottstown community. He is now a Bloomsburg graduate with a degree in Mass Communications.

support of the effort were in

TAJ CLAYTON Keynote Speaker: Taj Clayton, a Pottstown native who graduated with Honors from Harvard
TAJ CLAYTON
Keynote Speaker: Taj
Clayton, a Pottstown native
who graduated with Honors
from Harvard College and
Harvard Law School, and
resides in Desoto, TX,
challenged everyone to
actively engage themselves
in our youth’s lives.
"The
best way to know a child
will be successful is to
make them successful!"
JOHN CELESTAND Emcee/Host: John Celestand, a 1999 Villanova grad and member of the 2000 World
JOHN CELESTAND
Emcee/Host: John Celestand, a
1999 Villanova grad and member
of the 2000 World Champion Los
Angeles Lakers, currently works
as a tv sports analyst for Comcast
and ESPN, and with very
successful mentorship programs
in the Newark, NJ area. He
stressed the importance of
nurturing Pottstown’s youth
for accountability in excelling
athletically and academically.
JOE & ANNE JONES The following special w e r e g a t h
JOE
&
ANNE
JONES
The following
special
w e r e
g a t h e r e d :
guests
F i l m
Director/Villanova Professor
(Hezekiah
Lewis),
2006
#1
ranked
VU
basketball
team/
Asian
Pro
Basketball
MVP
(
C h r i s t i e n
C h a r l e s ) ,
PA
S e n a t o r
f o r m e r
J o h n
R a f f e r t y
P o t t s t o w n
M a y o r
(
A n n e
J o n e s ) ,
P r e s i d e n t
Pottstown
R e l a t i o n s
Community
Public
( J o h n
A r m a t o )
Spanish Pro Basketball player-
Jason
Robinson,
and
former
Temple
University
Standou
Football Player-Chonn Lacey.

2010 LIVE THE DREAM COLLAGE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES’ WAYNE ELLINGTON WITH SCOTT JOHNSON
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1. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES’ WAYNE ELLINGTON WITH SCOTT
JOHNSON & SON. IT WAS WAYNE’S 2ND APPEARANCE AT CLASSIC
2. ADMAN ARTS MENTORSHIP AT HIGH STREET MUSIC CO.
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3. LDF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DARRON DANIELS AND 2006
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT TRENTON DAVIDHEISER ARE ALL SMILES AT
THE SKOOLZ ANNIVERSARY BANQUET
4. JOHN CUTILLO HOSTS LDF GOLF OUTING @ BELLEWOOD
COUNTRY CLUB.
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5. ADMAN ARTS MENTORSHIP AT MCDONALD’S HIGH ST.
6. WILLIE DAYE SHOWCASES HIS GOLF WINNINGS- A HOWARD
BROWN SPANISH LEAGUE AUTOGRAPHED GAME JERSEY
7. SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LIVE THE DREAM FOUNDATION
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EVENT STAFF & ALL OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS
8. JIM COLEMAN & TONY MARTIN COLLECT GOLF WINNINGS
9. CHILDREN OF ALL AGES COMPETE AT THE SKOOLZ HOOP
SHOOT
10. DENZEL HARVEY IS THE 2010 HOOP SHOOT CHAMPION
Live The Dream Foundation Launches New Website www.Play2No.org - PLAY 2 kNOw- You’re Making a
Live The Dream Foundation Launches New Website
www.Play2No.org - PLAY 2 kNOw- You’re Making a Difference
Live The Dream Foundation is happy to invite you to visit our new website - www.play2no.org.
Many have been asking, “What is Play2No? And what does it have to do with Live The Dream
Foundation? Play2No is an initiative that offers transparency to gift giving while making it easier
for families to see and feel that they are part of something special. Participation in
“Funducational” (Fun and Educational) programs and events allows constituents to claim personal
stake in helping Live The Dream Foundation fulfill its mission- to empower visionary students.
The flagship program is the Skoolz Hoop Shoot (SHS). SHS is a community event that gives children and
parents, the opportunity to compete together in a ‘funducational’ (fun and educational)
basketball shooting contest. Event leaders emphasize the importance of camaraderie in competitive activities.
Scores are derived from a mix of basketball shooting proficiency and general knowledge of core concepts. Awards are
given to outstanding contestants at a number of different age and skill levels. The 2011 champions’ round will take place
Saturday, June 18 at the 11th Annual Skoolz Classic.
This summer will mark the launch of the Play2no Europe / Skoolz USA Select Team Program. The
program aims to celebrate the sportsmanship and heritage of American basketball in an
extraordinary international
experience. The all-stellar
student-athlete basketball team
will be presented June 18 at the
11th Annual Skoolz Classic
before traveling to Europe to
c o m p e t e i n t h e F u t u r e
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: CHARNELL GORHAM
Charnell Gorham, a 2010 Pottstown High School graduate, is a
freshman at Howard University in Washington, D.C
She
Stars international basketball
tournament. Scholastic excellence
plays a key role team member selection
acknowledges the importance of ascertaining a strong support
system in order to thrive in the academic arena. Charnell was kind
enough to take time out of her very busy college schedule to
prepare a first-hand report about her experience. Thank you
Charnell for a job well done and keep up the great work!
and
throughout
the
program. Each
participant
reports
to
the
LDF
constituency
about
their
learning
experience, and by following the team
progress on play2no.org, LDF
constituents participate in selecting the
team MVP. Stay tuned!!!
The Skoolz USA Select Team will be
led by Community College of
Philadelphia head basketball coach
Robert “Dondi” Deshields. With
more than 300 wins, Dondi is one of
t h e w i n n i n g e s t c o a c h e s i n
Philadelphia history. Coach
Deshields has won 10 of the last 11
EPCC league championships and 7
PCAA State Championships. His
2011 Championship team boasted 7
of 11 players with a 3.0 or higher
Grade Point Average.
“As a freshman entering Howard University, I was fortunate to
have a support system. I am a member of the Annenberg Honors
Program in the School of Communications. The Annenberg
Honors Program allows students many opportunities with
exceeding in life. First and foremost, as an Annenberg scholar I
am required to maintain a 3.5 GPA. This allows other students as
well as myself to strive for excellence academically by setting
standards at a higher level. One of the requirements is that I am
expected to participate each year and complete twenty hours of
community service and participate throughout the community.
Annenberg offers every scholar when needed; a positive and
strong mentor to talk with about different college experiences or
life situations. It's great to be an Annenberg student due to the
many advantages. As a member I have an edge with networking
with different executives from different companies and vendors
who are supporters of Annenberg students at Howard University. I
participate at different events such as dinners, book signings, and
internship fairs. I recommend that students everywhere strive for
excellence throughout their college experience. Starting while you
are students in high school; this can better prepare (you) for the
future. The Annenberg Honors Program (at Howard University)
has been a wonderful experience.“
PHOTOS FROM THIS YEAR BIG HUGS Our success is only possible because of the hard
PHOTOS FROM
THIS YEAR
BIG HUGS
Our success is only possible because of the
hard work and benefactions of community-
conscious family, friends, businesses and
organizations who give their loyal support. I am
excited
about the many opportunities and
challenges, new and existing, that have been
presented in 2011. Our dedicated staff of
volunteers has been working tirelessly to make
this our most successful campaign to date.
Please track our progress and where possible,
join the excitement to experience first-hand the
great joy “2 no” (to know) that together, we are
making a difference in the lives of many.
Howard
S. Brown
Live The
Dream Foundation,
Founder
& President
2011 SPRING &
SUMMER CALENDAR
3/26 SKOOLZ HOOP SHOOT
-10 AM @ OLIVET BOYS
Ad Arts / Work Ready
& GIRLS CLUB
Celebrity Golf Outing
4/28 SKOOLZ HOOP SHOOT
-5:30 PM @ POTTSTOWN
HIGH SCHOOL
5/14
WORK READY
-GOTO: WWW.PLAY2NO.ORG FOR DETAILS
6/9 ADMAN ARTS MENTORSHIP
-FOR DETAILS GO TO: WWW.PLAY2NO/
MENTORSHIPS
Adman Arts Returns this June. Boys
and girls ages 13-17 will learn the
basics of marketing and other business
practices. Subsequently, they are given
first-hand experience in publicly
articulating ideas expressed in
promotional materials and petitioning
for their support.
6/18
SKOOLZ CLASSIC 11
Cutillo’s ‘fore’ LDF Celebrity
Golf Outing is scheduled for
Monday, June 20 at the beautiful
Bellewood Private Golf Club in
North Coventry, PA. Confirmed
Celebrities as of 3/21: Lou Tilley,
Harry Joe Yorgey. For more details
or to register today, Click Here or
goto http://www.play2no.org/events
-NOON @ POTTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
6/20 CELEBRITY GOLF OUTING
-10 AM @ BELLEWOOD
COUNTRY CLUB
Live The Dream Foundation
465 N. Evans St.
Pottstown PA, 19464
USA
7/6-7/18 PLAY2NO EU/SKOOLZ USA
Phone:
862.70.DREAM (37326)
610.323.5422
-GOTO: WWW.PLAY2NO.ORG FOR DETAILS
Email: LiveTheDream@gmx.us

LDF has partnered with Minority Christian Coaches Association (MCCA) to bring the nationally coveted Work Ready program to Pottstown. Work Ready helps young adults identify their skills and career interests while gaining hands-on work experience. Goto: www.Play2no.org/ Mentorships for details.

Website:www.Play2no.org
Website:www.Play2no.org

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