STRAIGHT TALK
 
April 17

Greetings All,

I hope everyone is well.

I am hopefully in a position to begin providing regular updates on the happenings of the CKA SAVE Project.


*Professional Update*

Due to the positive growth and expansion of the CKA SAVE Project, I resigned my position as Athletic Director at Wheaton High School, effective June 30, 2017, to focus my attention building the CKA SAVE Project into a National Organization.


*Senior Academic All Star Game Report*

This past year we were fortunate to move both our Holiday Basketball Tournament and Senior Academic All Star Game to Howard Community College. Both events received positive feedback from players, coaches, and fans. There are two articles below highlighting the All Star Game. However, due to our move to HCC, we have incurred greater organizational financial costs, including insurance and facility costs. As a result of a lack of outside sponsorship, our organization has absorbed the majority of the costs.

Two Articles on the Senior Academic All Star games at Howard Community College (Click on article links below)

http://www.thesentinel.com/mont/sports/item/5018-high-school-standouts-participate-in-cka-all-star-game

http://www.thesentinel.com/mont/sports/item/5017-allen-shines-in-cka-all-star-senior-game


*Dissertation Update*

This past winter my dissertation proposal was accepted by my committee and I am now in the process of receiving formal approval to conduct active, scholarly research on student-athlete motivation this summer.

I also received word that once my research is completed, there will be opportunities to present my findings at academic and athletic conferences across the country.


*Plans for the 2017-2018 CKA Season*

Within the next CKA Season we plan to:

1. Publish and present research on student-athlete motivation

2. Beginning our Find the Balance (FTB) paid consultant services to assist student-athletes attend college

3. Continue hosting our Holiday Basketball Tournaments and Academic All Star Games

4. Reinstate our CKA Awards Night, including our Academic Scholarship Award, as well as college visits, and our annual amusement park trip.

5. File full 990 tax forms so that we can join the Combined Federal Campaign

6. Join AAU and develop both a girls and boys basketball program to assist players and coaches in their growth and development.

All of these projects need increased financial support.

During our 2017 Capital Campaign during the months of April and May we are seeking to raise a minimum of $5000 to provide the money needed to properly fund these initiatives.

We are asking supporters to assist us in the following ways:

1. Make either a tax deducible donation to the CKA SAVE Project

or

2. Share our message in your social network circle to assist us in reaching our fundraising goals.

Please consider making a direct donation to the CKA SAVE Project at www.ckasaveproject.org (Click Donate). The suggested donation is $35 (The average cost to support an All Star Game Participant), but any amount will help. Please feel free to share our request with others who share our vision and mission.

If you wish to mail your donation please send it to:

CKA SAVE Project
PO Box 9477
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Thank you for supporting student-athletes.

Keith Adams
President
CKA SAVE Project
301-996-4333
www.ckasaveproject.org


Nov. 27

Gone but not forgotten.

It has been a long time since I have had the opportunity to sit down and write a Straight Talk column, however, the SAVE Project is always in my thoughts.

Over the past year the CKA SAVE Project has continued to grow and evolve into an outstanding vehicle to assist student-athletes and the people who work with them through educational and professional development.

As we continue into 2016 we are proud of our past and excited for our future.

*Upcoming Events:*

*CKA/Panther Holiday Invitational December 28 and 29, 2015*

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the 2015 CKA/Panther Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament will take place December 28 and 29, 2015 at Paint Branch High School.

Paint Branch High School
14121 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, Maryland 20866


The Game schedule is as follows:

*Monday December 28, 2015 *

Game 1 - 10:00 Boys Game: Huntingtown vs. Watkins Mill

Game 2 - 12:00 Boys Game: Surrattsville vs. BCC

Game 3 - 2:00 Girls Game: Mt. Hebron v. Kennedy

Game 4 - 4:00 Girls Game: Urbana v. Paint Branch

Game 5 - 6:00 Boys Game: St. Andrews v. Chapelgate

Game 6 - 8:00 Boys Game: Long Reach v. Paint Branch

*Tuesday December 29, 2015 *

Game 7 - 10:00 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (Consolation Game)

Game 8 - 12:00 Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (Consolation Game)

Game 9 - 2:00 Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Consolation Game)

Game 10 - 4:00 Winner Game 1 v. Winner Game 3 (Boys Championship)

Game 11 - 6:00 Winner Game 3 v. Winner Game 4 (Girls Championship)

Game 12 - 8:00 Winner Game 5 v. Winner Game 6 (Boys Championship)


I am so proud to continue CKA’s working relationship with Paint Branch High School Athletics as a portion of the proceeds of the tournament supports both CKA’s Senior Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund, as well as the student-athletes at Paint Branch High School.

This year’s tournament provides a number of compelling match ups that should make for an exciting two days of basketball. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance on our main webpage or at the door.

*CKA All Star Game*

The 3rd annual CKA SAVE Project Academic All Star Game to be played on *Monday March 14, 2016 at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, MD *with the Girls game beginning at 6pm followed by the Boys game at 8pm.

The CKA SAVE Project Academic All Star Game recognizes not only great athletic ability, but also hard work and dedication in the classroom and we hope you will consider participating. In addition, Proceeds from this event will go to support the CKA SAVE Project’s Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. We offer four $250 scholarships annually.

To be nominated a player must have:

· At least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (Documented through their unofficial transcript)

· Be a significant contributor on their team (Through either a
coach’s or CKA scout’s nomination)

We will host both a boys’ and girls’ game featuring some of the best student-athletes in the Mid-Atlantic region, with both public and private school players from the Mid-Atlantic Region.

*Past Participants in our game include:*

Aaron Briggs, Naval Academy
Karigan Awkward, Virginia Union
Jamaal Greenwood, St. Rose (NY)
Alexis Newbold, Catawba (NC)
Chris Grandy, Erskine (SC)
Daisa Harris, Harford CC
Matt Frierson, The Citadel
Diamond Douglas, U of Tampa
Ibrahim Kallon, Goucher (MD)

In all over 25 players from last year’s games are playing college basketball this season on the Division I, II, III, Juco, or NAIA level.

*CKA Academic Scholarship*

The CKA SAVE Project Scholarship Award is open to any senior student athlete who has matched the following criteria:

· Played or managed at least 2 years on high school athletics

· Maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

· Completed at least one AP or IB class

· Have a minimum of 100 documented community service hours


If you would like an application please email ckasaveproject@gmail.com for more information.

*Educational Research*

I am in the proposal stage of my research on college student-athlete motivation. My goal is to conduct research during the winter of 2016 and complete my dissertation by the spring of 2016. I want to thank the various colleges and universities who have agreed to assist me in conducting research on student-athlete motivation.

Thank you for your continued support of our organization. We are grateful for our past and excited for our future.

All the Best,
Keith Adams

“Find the Balance”

Nov. 6

Keith Adams has been selected as one of the 10 recipients of the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts Metropolitan Washington DC Region Community Hero Award! The Dunkin Donuts Community Hero Award is truly a celebration of those who impact, improve, and inspire our local community.

Dunkin Donuts searched the Washington DC Metro area for local community heroes, and received a nomination from John F. Kennedy High School Student Victor Batista and was selected based on this tribute.

“Not only does Mr. Adams work full time as a teacher to help motivate kids in the classroom, but he also takes his spare time to create this wonderful non-profit organization to help underperforming students who are also athletes to do better and succeed. I have worked with him and I have decided to also dedicate my time to be his intern because that's how inspiring his organization is to me. He does all he can to help students learn time management skills, organizational skills, and he teaches them to self-advocate. He doesn't just stop there; he also focuses on teachers by training them to build professional communities, organizational leadership, and helping students succeed using an athletic mindset. Before meeting Mr. Adams and working with his company, I never understood the impact that one man can do for countless teenagers. I am truly grateful to have crossed paths with Mr. Adams and the CKA SAVE Project organization because I wouldn't be where I am without it.”

As part of this recognition, Mr. Adams will receive $500 and a coupon booklet which offers a free Dunkin Donuts Medium Hot Coffee and donut every week for a year!

Keith will be presented this special recognition on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Homewood Suites Rockville-Gaithersburg. The ceremony will be from 10-12:30pm.

Please join us in congratulating Keith on receiving this outstanding honor.

July 3

Change is in the air.

First of all, I am no longer working for Hood College. I have enjoyed coaching college basketball for the last eight years, but the time has come for me to put more energy and focus to the CKA SAVE Project as well as my pursuit of my Doctorate. Another change is that I am separating my columns. The CKA SAVE Project updates and information can be found by clicking the CKA link at the top of the page. I will be writing more articles about CKA activities and posting them on that portion of the website.

Straight talk will remain the place that I provide my commentary on the issues of the day as well my individual ramblings.

In addition, over the next few weeks we will be activating the links portion of the website where we will have various links parents, teachers, students, community members, etc. can use for information.

The goal is to creating a consistent pattern by the start of the next school year in September.

The Miami Heat won their 2nd consecutive NBA championship. I am a big fan of LeBron James. I spent the 1980s hating Larry Bird because the Celtics kept beating the 76ers led by Dr. J (A side note, great special by NBA TV on Dr. J); it was only until late in his career that I appreciated his greatness. I spent the late 1980s and early 1990s hating Michael Jordan because he was not Len Bias. I only appreciated him after he won the title following his father’s death. I am now at an age now where I appreciate skill, LeBron is probably the most physically gifted athlete in the league and he enjoys getting everyone involved. If his only crime is how he left Cleveland, he has served his time. We should simply sit back and enjoy.

The Aaron Hernandez murder trial is a very sad state for athletes everywhere. Unfortunately a young man has lost his life through a terrible crime, as well another young man losing his life through poor decision making. Mr. Hernandez will have his day in court, but again very sad and tragic situation for everyone involved.

That’s all for now, be easy and stay FLAM.

May 1

CKA SAVE Project News

Four years ago this week, the CKA SAVE Project was formed by a group of dedicated people with a desire to assist students and the people who work with them through educational and professional development.

Since that time we have:

1. Assisted students with time management, organizational skills and the ability to self-advocate.

2. Annually host two academic summer camps for underperforming and under supported students.

3. Worked with educators from over 40 states and 10 foreign countries on the topic of Helping Schools Succeed using an athletic mindset which promotes professional learning communities and higher levels of student accountability.

4. Hosted athletic events designed to showcase the balance between academics and athletics including basketball tournaments and coaches clinics.

5. Sponsored over 10 college visits to introduce students to higher education.

6. Sponsored student led business support ventures to help them gain experience in the work world.

And that is just the beginning.

During the month of May we are hosting our annual Capital Campaign where we are seeking to raise funds to continue our mission. Several times a week we will highlight a specific program or topic that we have done with the hopes you may join our support team.

Some examples include:

- $25 donation pays for a student to attend a college visit

- $30 donation pays for an amusement park trip

- $50 donation supports teacher initiated projects in the classroom

- $80 donation pays for a student to take an AP test

- $100 donation pays for a student to attend our summer academic camp

Please be reminded that the CKA SAVE Project, Inc. is a qualified non-profit under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions may qualify for charitable deductions on your income tax return.

Make all checks payable to: CKA SAVE Project, Inc. and mail to:

CKA SAVE Project
PO Box 9477
SilverSpring, MD 20916.
You can also donate online using your credit card at www.ckasaveproject.com

Thank you again for everything you have done and continue to do for us.

All the Best,

KeithAdams
President
CKASAVE Project


February 25

CKA SAVE Project News

Wow!!!!

What an incredible start to the year. I don’t know where to begin.

Our holiday basketball tournament was a tremendous success.

We are currently mentoring students in elementary, middle, high school as well as college.

We are in the final planning stages of our annual summer academic camps.

Our students are creating events to benefit the community at large.

In addition, we are seeking media credentials to begin interviewing student athletes on the collegiate level and professional athletes on the professional level.

Here is our upcoming schedule
· March 26,2013 CKA Student Sponsored College Visit to Towson
· April 2013 CKA Student sponsored movie trip to see 42.

May 1-31, 2013 CKA SAVE Project annual Capital Campaign

May 11, 2013 Third Annual CKA Night at the Baltimore Comedy Factory

June 8, 2013 Annual amusement park trip (Kings Dominion)

June 18-21, 2013 ASAP Camp for incoming high school students (at Kennedy HS)

July 21-24, 2013 Learning Forward Conference Presentation in Minneapolis, MN

August 5-8, 2013 Intro to AP Camp for first time AP students (at Kennedy HS)

Straight Talk

I am getting excited for the NCAA tournament and the opportunity to possibly cover some games and interview some student athletes on the impact being a student athlete has on their career.

NBA
The Wizards are winning their fair share of games. The Heat are on a fire (pardon the pun).

NFL
The combines are here and I do not really care. Call me when the draft hits.

NCAA
This year’s tournament is going to be wide open. I will not make a prediction until the brackets come out.

Wrestling
It’s officially WrestleMania season.

That’s all for now.

Be Easy and Stay FLAM!


December 26

CKA SAVE Project News

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to present the 2012 CKA/Panther Holiday Invitational. The CKA/Panther Holiday Invitational is a 2-day tournament featuring some of the best teams from the state of Maryland.

Thanks to your support and generosity, the CKA SAVE Project continues to provide assistance to student athletes and the people who work with them through educational and professional development. Since 2009, we have strived to be a positive force in the community. Here is just a sampling of what were able to accomplish in 2012:

College Visits
· The University of Maryland’s football staff allowed several of our student athletes to attend the Towson football game, in addition to receiving a tour of the facilities.

· We took over 30 students and parents to the University of Virginia for an in depth round table discussion, as well as a campus tour.

· We also partnered with John F. Kennedy High School to take over 230 9th grade students to Hood College for a college visit as a part of the class of 2016 Destination Graduation initiative.

Summer Academic Camp Updates
ASAP Camp (9th grade introduction to high school camp)

Every student who attended our ASAP camp not only retained their eligibility for the first marking period, but they also average a 2.6 grade point average as well.

Intro to AP Camp (1st time AP students)

Every student who attended our Intro to AP camp received an A or B during the first marking period in his or her first AP class.

This coming year we look to increase our footprint in both the academic and athletic community. Here is a sample of our upcoming events:

May 1-31, 2013 CKA SAVE Project annual Capital Campaign

May 11, 2013 Third Annual CKA Night at the Baltimore Comedy Factory

June 8, 2013 Annual amusement park trip (Kings Dominion)

June 18-21, 2013 ASAP Camp for incoming high school students (at Kennedy HS)

July 21-24, 2013 Learning Forward Conference Presentation in Minneapolis, MN

August 5-8, 2013 Intro to AP Camp for first time AP students (at Kennedy HS)

In conclusion, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the CKA SAVE Project as well as Paint Branch High School, we want to again welcome you to our tournament and your continued support of student athletes everywhere.

Tournament Game schedule
Wednesday December 26,2012
Game1 1:00 Girls Game Tuscarora V. BCC Barons

Game2 3:00 Boys Game Damascus V. Long Reach

Game3 5:00 Girls Game Urbana V. Paint Branch

Game4 7:00 Boys Game BCC Barons V. Paint Branch

Thursday December 27, 2012
Game5 1:00 Girls Consolation Game
Game6 3:00 Boys Consolation Game
Game7 5:00 Girls Championship Game
Game8 7:00 Boys Championship Game

A portion of the proceeds from this program as well as the overall tournament will go to the VFoundation for Cancer Research as well as the CKA SAVE Project Summer Academic Camps.


October 27

CKA SAVE Project News
This has been such an exciting time in the life of the CKA SAVE Project.

In September we had an opportunity to take some students to the University of Maryland to watch a football game thanks to the kindness of their staff.

We had close to 40 students visit the University of Virginia. It was an outstanding day.

We also partnered with John F. Kennedy High School to take over 230 9th grade students to Hood College for a college visit as a part of the class of 2016 Destination Graduation initiative.

In addition in partnership with John F. Kennedy High School we have begun several programs designed to assist the students, not only at John F. Kennedy High School but also students in the Silver Spring, MD area. We are working with students in their Entrepreneurship class to develop events that will benefit the John F. Kennedy High School Community. We have also acquired our first intern who will work 12 hours a week with the CKA SAVE Project to assist us in improving our community outreach.

In addition we arranged for the Dog Chef Kevyn Matthews to speak to over 50 of our Entrepreneurship students about finding their passion for business and how to prepare for life after high school.

We are very excited about the next few months. We are currently planning for our second annual Holiday Basketball Tournament as well as our annual Summer Camps.

The NBA season will soon be underway. If you are interested in attending a Wizards game please contact me at ckasaveproject@gmail.com.

In addition if you would like to inquire about our timeshare please contact us as well at ckasaveproject@gmail.com.

Straight Talk
NFL
I have been impressed with RG3. He has done a tremendous job this season. Teams are starting to separate themselves from the pact. The Giants, 49ers, Bears and Falcons are the elite teams in the NFC. In the AFC the Texans are the class of the AFC and everyone else is running a close second.

MLB
The World Series is taking place and it is hard to care about it. I did not grow up a baseball so good luck to the Tigers and the Giants.

NCAA
The CKA Top 5
1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida
4. Notre Dame
5. Kansas State

NHL
No one cares about Hockey according to the ratings, so I do wish them well but they are at best the 5th best sport in the country.

I live on the east coast and we are preparing for a huge storm named Sandy. Please be safe.

Finally, the election is coming up, make sure everyone gets out and votes.

September 4

CKA SAVE Project News
We are very excited with the start of the school year. Here are some of the things we have planned for this school year:
· Our 4th year of mentoring students
· Receiving a grant from Donorschoose.org to provide school supplies for under performing and under supported students.
· A college trip to the University of Virginia
· Our 2nd Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament at Paint Branch High School
· And so much more

Straight Talk
Please send positive vibes to the people in the Gulf Coast as they face another serious storm system.

MLB
I don’t think the Washington Nationals should not shut down Stephen Strasburg. You never know when you will ever be in a position to win a world championship. Sometimes you just have the throw caution to wind and just win baby.

NFL
Chris Cooley was released by the Washington Redskins after 8 years. He handled his interview with class. Good luck to him in the future.

Here are my picks for week 1 (Just for fun, always remember that)
· Dallas will beat the Giants. I don’t think the Giants are that good. I’m sorry.
· Houston will beat Miami. This just might be their year.
· Denver will beat Pittsburgh. I love Peyton; I hope he has a great year.
· Baltimore will beat Cincinnati, the Ravens are hungry.

NCAA
The CKA Top 5
1. Alabama
2. LSU
3. USC
4. Oregon
5. Ohio State

As I end this column I am sad to report the death of Festus Campbell. Mr. Campbell was the father of Folarin “Shaq” Campbell one of my former players from Springbrook. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved his family and was a pillar of the community. He will be missed.

August 3

CKA SAVE Project News
We finished our first ever academic camp and received great feedback. Here is what apparent wrote to us:

Coach Adams,
I want to again extend my gratitude to you for working with Peyton. I have seen her confidence and self-esteem re-emerge -- in just this week -- as I have not seen in a very long time. I can only imagine the effect of two or three weeks! Our evening chats about "what happened in camp today" were filled with an animation and an enthusiasm regarding school/academics from her that had become almost non-existent. Her attending ASAP and what she got from it, was almost like watching a magic trick:

Things that had disappeared, reappeared with very little effort. So much is reappearing. She is beginning to re-recognize her value and abilities. Peyton delights in her interaction with the attorney you invited to speak to the class. She is talking about the majors she will hold in college, and even insists that we move to the District in 12th-grade year so that she can qualify for in-state tuition at any college (ha ha). I hope that you will maintain your relationship with Peyton throughout her academic career. She needs this kind of structure and guidance, especially as she is aspiring basketball player. As I mentioned earlier, ASAP reintroduced her to so much about herself -- and boosted her confidence and self-esteem that she will wear on and off the court. I thank you again, and am quite open to any suggestions, programs, interaction you think will positively influence Peyton.

We have our second Academic Camp August 6-10,2012. It is an Introduction to AP Camp. Please contact me if you are interested in attending.

To continue our good work we are asking you to assist us by making a tax-deductible donation to our organization via our website www.ckasaveproject.com.

The CKA SAVEProject, Inc is a qualified non-profit under section 501 (c) 3 of the Interna lRevenue Code.

Make all checkspayable to: CKA SAVE Project, Inc. and mail to:
CKA SAVE Project
PO Box 9477
Silver Spring, MD20916.
You can also donate online using your credit card at www.ckasaveproject.com

Straight Talk
Before I get to a regular column, there are two incidents that I would like to speak on:

I am in Denver, CO for the Learning Forward Conference, and passed through the city of Aurora, CO where the tragic shooting took place. My heart goes out to the families of the people involved in this senseless tragedy.

Penn State removed the Joe Paterno statue. I believe that they should have removed the statue from a public location and placed it in a private indoor area accessed only by the Penn State community. His inaction in the Sandusky case was reprehensible. However his overall body of work should be remembered as well. As someone who is still extremely close not only to his High School coach, but many of my former players and students I know the importance of those relationships. There are many young men who learned valuable life lessons from Coach Paterno that they will share with their children and communities for a lifetime. That will not forgotten, however neither will his inaction. What continues to get lost in all of this is perspective. When you put wins and losses over doing what’s in the best interest of your players, students, community. Penn State lost perspective and they must deal with the repercussions for a long time.

I predict that the Penn State brand will be damaged for around 10 years. The loss of scholarships has more of an impact than the loss of bowl games. They won’t be any good to have a team make a bowl. Recruiting will be an issue, especially in getting a Big 10 type recruit.

On to the randomness...
I have never been to Denver before, I like the free bus service in the downtown area. It’s a big help in getting around. The conference as always is well run and professional. My presentation went well and I hope to continue to build relationships with other outstanding educators. Denver is an interesting city. A lot of things happening downtown.

I tried the fake Chipotle/Taco Bell bowl and I must advise you to save your money.

NBA
Congratulations to the Miami Heat on winning the NBA Championship. Let me be clear, Lebron simply wanted to leave one organization to give him a better chance of winning a title. How he did it was wrong, but why he did it was not. I feel the hate should stop now and we should just enjoy this incredible player.

The NBA draft has come and gone and we have seen several teams put themselves in a better position to win. New Orleans got better; I like Boston’s draft as well.

The free agency period has set a number of teams up to compete against the Miami Heat for the NBA Title. I still cannot see any team defeating the Miami Heat next season.

I saw the Dream Team special on NBA TV and can’t believe that it’s been 20 years since Barcelona. I find myself just fascinated by the stories behind the team. The gamesmanship between the players, the level of work they put in. The special just reminded me again why I love basketball so much.

With the Olympics here I do not believe that the US is a slam dunk to win the goal medal. They must defend out of their minds to gain and then maintain a lead. One thing that is being overlooked is that the FIBA game is only 40 minutes long. In addition they shoot two shot fouls after the 5th foul and only 5 fouls for the game. I will be excited to see the international game.

College Basketball
NBA TV is really doing a good job with some of their specials. The special on Duke’s back to back teams was outstanding. That takes me back to college watching their team versus the Fab Five. It’s a long gone era. A kid like Grant Hill would have never made past his freshmen year. I didn’t know how much hatred people had for both Duke and the Fab Five. Really well done.

Golf
Tiger Woods moves the meter. Another great win in the blistering heat of Washington, DC. I hope he is able to get that now elusive major championship this season.

Boxing
I did not see the Pacquiao/Bradley because of our Six Flags Trip, but I was at a local establishment watching the “TV judges” score and it seemed to be a non-issue as to who was going to win. When the breaking news alert came in it reminded me of why Boxing isn’t nearly as popular as it once was, you have to give the people what they want. You have to build stars, give compelling match ups and make your champions larger than life. No one shuts down for boxing anymore. The old guard promoter is still chugging along, nothing seems fresh, and everything seems stale. I have not bought a boxing PPV in over 5years; I guess the streak will continue.

Wrestling
Raw is moving to three hours a week beginning in July. That’s just what the world needs, another hour of wrestling. There is no way to make three hours of wrestling interesting on a weekly basis. I am a fan and I won’t invest 3 hours weekly in the product. Plus you are doing it on live TV with no long term planning. Not smart at all.

The 1000 Raw has aired and I think 3 hours of wrestling is too long if they are not going to do anything different.

Finally, I am beginning a Doctoral Program in Education this Fall. Wish me luck.

That’s all for now. Be Easy and Stay FLAM.

June 21

CKA SAVE Project News
Another Capital Campaign is in the books. This year we rose over $1500 to assist the CKA SAVE Project and I can’t thank our supporters enough for all of their kindness and generosity. As we enter our 4th season we are excited about all of the new events and initiatives that we are involved with. Here is a rundown of the past few months in addition to a preview of our upcoming events:

May
May 19, 2012 hosted our 2nd annual CKA Comedy Night at the Baltimore Comedy Factory.

June
June 8, 2012 CKA SAVE Project was the featured organization during the showing of the Secrets of Longevity with Dr. Joesph Maroon on WETA TV.
June 9, 2012 hosted our 3rd annual amusement park trip to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ
June 17, 2012 hosted our 2nd annual CKA/NBA Finals Night at the Game Bar and Grill in Laurel, MD.
June 18-22, 2012 hosting our ASAP Camp for underperforming students at John F. Kennedy HS.

July
July 23-25, 2012 Presenting at the Learning Forward Conference in Denver, CO on the topic of Helping Schools Succeed Using an Athletic Mindset.

August
August 6-10, 2012 hosting our Introduction to AP Camp for under supported students at John F. Kennedy HS.

September
September 10-20, 2012 Hosting Our 1st annual student lead 10 in 10 campaign.
September 26, 2012 Hosting our 2nd Annual Fall College Trip (University of Delaware)

December
December 26-27, 2012 Our 2nd Annual CKA Holiday Invitational (in collaboration with Paint Branch HS)

To continue our good work we are asking you to assist us by making a tax-deductible donation to our organization via our website www.ckasaveproject.com.

The CKA SAVE Project, Inc is a qualified non-profit under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Make all checks payable to: CKA SAVE Project, Inc. and mail to:
CKA SAVE Project
PO Box 9477
Silver Spring, MD 20916.
You can also donate online using your credit card at www.ckasaveproject.com

Now on to a long needed column, I have a lot to get off my chest.

NBA
I like Kevin Durant, I like OKC, I love the state of Oklahoma, and they were so kind to me when I presented there several years ago, but I am rooting for LeBron James to get his first ring. Let’s really look at this; he wanted to leave his current job for a better job. That’s really about it. He did it wrong, but that is really all he wanted to do. He wanted to play with his friends and win a ring. There is no law that says you have to struggle if you don’t have to, that’s why I like Phil Jackson, because he picked great jobs. With that being said OKC is a tough team with a bright future, if no one thinks about money. This series is must see TV.

Golf
Tiger Woods moves the meter. If he ain’t in it, I’m not watching. I hope he is able to continue to play well, golf needs it.

Boxing
I did not see the Pacquiao/Bradley because of our Six Flags Trip, but I was at a local establishment watching the “TV judges” score and it seemed to be a non-issue as to who was going to win. When the breaking news alert came in it reminded me of why Boxing isn’t nearly as popular as it once was, you have to give the people what they want. You have to build stars, give compelling match ups and make your champions larger than life. No one shuts down for boxing anymore. The old guard promoter is still chugging along, nothing seems fresh, and everything seems stale. I have not bought a boxing PPV in over 5 years; I guess the streak will continue.

Wrestling
Raw is moving to three hours a week beginning in July. That’s just what the world needs, another hour of wrestling. There is no way to make three hours of wrestling interesting on a weekly basis. I am a fan and I won’t invest 3 hours weekly in the product. Plus you are doing it on live TV with no long term planning. Not smart at all.

Entertainment
I am hooked on Scandal; I think Law and Order SVU closed the season with a great cliff-hanger.

In honor of Father’s Day I wanted to give you my top 5 TV Dad’s
1. James Evans
2. Cliff Huxtable
3. Julius Rock
4. Ward Cleaver



April 30

CKA SAVE Project News
Three years ago this week a group of dedicated former students, players, coaches, colleagues, friends and family members helped me form the CKA SAVE Project. As we enter our third year of supporting Student Athletes and the people who work with through educational and professional development I just want to take the time to say thank you. The best is yet to come. To continue our good work we are asking you to assist us by making a tax-deductible donation to our organization via our website www.ckasaveproject.com. During the month of May we are attempting to raise money through our 30 in 30 capital campaign.


Our goal is to raise a minimum of $5000. We would like this money to go to support the following activities:

- Support for our Academic Camps including a Fall College Visit
- Support for continued teacher innovation in the classroom.
- Planning and preparation for our Holiday Basketball Tournament
- Ongoing professional development


The CKA SAVE Project, Inc is a qualified non-profit under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. No goods or services were given in exchange for the above contribution, unless otherwise noted.

Make all checks payable to: CKA SAVE Project, Inc. and mail to:
CKA SAVE Project
PO Box 9477
Silver Spring, MD 20916.

You can also donate online using your credit card at www.ckasaveproject.com

Thank you for your time, please feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel believes and supports our efforts.


All the Best,

Keith Adams
CKA SAVE Project Founder/President

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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