Warren Henry Auto Group presented a check for $25,000 to the Overtown Youth Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Basketball legend Alonzo Mourning accepted the donation on behalf of his youth empowerment organization. Since partnering with the former Miami Heat star and his charities, Warren Henry Auto Group has contributed a total of $250,000 to the Mourning Foundation. Pictured (l-r) are Warren Zinn; Alonzo Mourning; Larry Zinn, general manager of Warren Henry Auto Group, and Erik Day, CFO/partner of Warren Henry Auto Group.
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MIAMI – During her visit to the Overtown Youth Center on Oct. 11, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to the assembled students about the importance of a college education. She shared her intention, if elected, to provide free college at public institutions and emphasized that HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) would be a priority for her administration.
“We were talking about college preparation and ideas for what they want to do, what they want to study and the cost of college came up. That’s a big deal for our young people,” said Tracy Wilson Mourning, wife of Overtown Youth Center co-founder, Alonzo Mourning; both of whom greeted Clinton and joined her in addressing the students.
In response to the issue of college affordability, Cliton said, “It’s absolutely important that we get the cost of college down so every one of you can afford to go to college.”
She then went on to explain her plan for students to attend public colleges and university free of charge. “You don’t have borrow money, you don’t have to worry about money, you can get your college education. And that’s exactly what we’re going to try to do because too many young people get stopped from going to college because they can’t afford it.”
Clinton’s opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump’s education plan includes an intention to “Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars,” according to his website. Trump’s plan will also, “Ensure that the opportunity to attend a two or four-year college, or to pursue a trade or a skill set through vocational and technical education, will be easier to access, pay for, and finish.”
When Clinton asked the group if they’d heard of HBCUs, several hands went up.
Her plan for free college also extends to public HBCUs. Clinton’s education plan, The New College Compact, “will support, encourage, and reward the HBCUs that help our students succeed so students can complete college, without costs being a barrier or debt holding them back,” according to her website.
She said she’ll pay special attention to HBCUs “because they’ve done a great job of educating generations and I want to make sure they have the facilities and equipment and teachers they need.”
Essentially signed into existence in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, the White House Initiative on HBCUs has been tweaked over the years by presidents Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush. Earlier this year, President Obama signed an executive order renewing the program. Critics say the program has not done enough to help HBCUs, several of which have closed over the past several years.
Perhaps as a nod to the Democratic party’s support of HBCUs, Obama is campaigning for Clinton today at Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only HBCU.
Wilson Mourning, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., announced on her Facebook page that she would be traveling there this week to present a scholarship to a Howard student who is a graduate of Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School.
MIAMI (WSVN) — Some lucky middle school students finished their day with a fun fitness session, Thursday.
Barry’s Bootcamp instructor Kellie Sikorski taught 80 students from the Overtown Youth Center. “It’s really to teach them how to use their own body,” said Sikorski. “You don’t need a gym. You don’t need a treadmill. All you need is your body weight and a positive mindset to get there.”
“Active Anywhere” is Sikorski’s first bootcamp for kids. It’s geared toward helping them understand that staying healthy is important, fun and easily accessible.
The children participated in bootcamp challenges as well as classics like tug-of-war and relay races.
MIAMI – Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning brought some musical flair to the Overtown Youth Center Thursday, bringing in some big names from the world of classical music to show off their abilities and inspire children at the center.
About 20 students from Booker T. Washington Senior High School and Jose De Diego Middle School were treated to the sounds of classical violist David Aaron Carpenter and his siblings, Sean and Lauren.
The trio also took some special requests from the students, playing popular pieces from Beethoven and Mozart.
Not only did the classically trained siblings show off their skills, they also provided advice and guidance to the students, telling them that discipline and hard work pay off.
“I think for a lot of young people, we always just stress the importance of an education and also just getting out there learning about new things and getting into hobbies that they’re going to take for the rest of their lives,” David Carpenter said.
Students told Local 10 News that they were inspired by the Carpenters’ performance.
“They actually made me want to play the violin,” Angela Clayton said.
“If you put work, effort and time in what you want to do, it will be accomplished. Anything is possible,” another student, Jamari Wright, said.
In light of the latest rash of gun violence plaguing teens in South Florida, Mourning, the founder of the youth center and former Heat star, said such mentoring sessions are more important than ever before.
“For the past 12 months, 100 kids have been shot — yes, it’s bad,” he said.
The Carpenter family will present a concert Thursday night. All proceeds will support the Overtown Youth Foundation.