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ELEVATE to Host Open Run -- Wednesday, July 30

Girls and boys entering grades 7-9 sought for ELEVATE’S incoming class of student-athletes


New Orleans, LA- July 14, 2014 -- ELEVATE New Orleans will host its Open Run on Wednesday, July 30 at St. Stephen School, 1027 Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans.  Girls and boys entering grades 7 through 9 who have a passion for basketball are invited to participate.  The Elevate Open Run is a series of basketball drills to determine the skill level of participating athletes.  Girls Run will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Boys Run will take place at 7:15 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. 


Advance registration for the ELEVATE Open Run is available at www.elevateusa.org or by calling 504-914-2325.


“ELEVATE is ready to enroll its 2014-15 class of student-athletes,” says Sky Hyacinthe, ELEVATE Executive Director. “Open Run helps us identify boys and girls who will be dedicated to raising the level of their basketball game, and their academics.”


ELEVATE New Orleans develops student-athletes in grades 7-12 through a free, year round enrichment program.  The Elevate Leadership Program (ELP) offers daily tutoring with highly qualified tutors, ACT/SAT preparation provided by Loyola University, life-skills workshops, basketball skill development with elite trainers, strength and conditioning, participation on a top-ranked AAU basketball team, and assistance with the college application, recruitment and scholarship process.


“The girls and boys ultimately selected for the incoming ELEVATE class will receive help with their basketball skills, but they will also benefit from the structure, discipline, academic guidance and support they receive from role models.  ELEVATE helps student-athletes build a strong foundation for success on the court and in life,” Hyacinthe says.


In the 2013-14 school year, student-athletes in the ELEVATE program averaged a 3.2 GPA.  Since 2009, ELEVATE has sent 100 percent of its alumni to college on partial or full scholarships.  To learn more about Open Run on Wednesday, July 30 and ELEVATE New Orleans, visit www.elevateusa.org or call 504-914-2325.

About Elevate New Orleans:

ELEVATE New Orleans is a free, application-based enrichment program for select 7th- through 12th-grade student-athletes. Through its Elevate Leadership Program (ELP), members participate in daily mix of athletic, academic and social development activities on an individual and small group basis. The goal for each ELP student-athlete is matriculation at a high-performing four-year university. Since 2009, the program has sent 100 percent of alumni to college on partial or full scholarships, helping local youth further their skills on the basketball court, as well as the classroom.  Visit www.elevateusa.org or contact admin@elevateusa.org for more information.