Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Athletes Learn Rules of Etiquette

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Athletes Learn Rules of Etiquette

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Fifty members of the Booker High School football team celebrated the conclusion of the 2013 Summer Athletic Academic Enrichment and Life Skills Program on Thursday.

The event at Michael's On East in Sarasota highlighted the program's focus on sportsmanship, nutrition, healthy eating and fine dining etiquette.

As an enhancement to Booker's summer strength training schedule, the new six-week program has provided academic enrichment and life skills to Booker's football players.

Participants received academic instruction by certified teachers in the areas of mathematics, science and reading, using football as the primary content of the lessons.

The goal of the program has been twofold: enhancing academic strength in the athletes, along with introducing life skills, such as time management, communication, team-building and civic responsibility.

The etiquette portion of the program was facilitated by Carolyn Major-Harper, who gave an interactive presentation showing the players how etiquette can apply both on the field and while dining.

In addition, Dr. Thomas W. Clyburn, a Booker alumnus, talked to the student athletes about the importance of etiquette and communication skills in education and business.

Booker student Najee White, who recently moving here from Maine, spoke highly of his experience with the program.

"This program brought out a new perspective for me in reference to how sports programs can teach lessons in our everyday life as well as life lessons helping us on the field," he said. "I really enjoyed the program."

Additional featured speakers included Eric Hugan, of SunCoast Workforce, who offered tips for successful navigation of the employment market; Sarasota County Schools Nutritional Educator and Chef Adriel Zahniser, who gave instruction on the value of nutrition and exercise; and attorney Shelli Freeland Eddie, who taught students how to manage their social media presence in a respectful and advantageous way.

Academic instructional leaders included Booker High assistant principals Darby Larkin and Tricia Allen. Coaches Johnnie Jones, Jason Grain and James Haines provided mentoring.

"I am eternally grateful that the Community Foundation consistently supports Booker High School's sincere desire to enhance awareness and provide opportunities to a diversified population, with the ultimate goal of increasing the high school graduation rate," Booker principal Dr. …

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