As part of the Cultural Competency Initiative, the 100 Black Men of Austin and Black Pearl Books celebrated their 2nd Annual book bundle distribution for teachers in the Austin, TX area. 200 K-2nd teachers from Austin, Del Valle, Manor, and Pflugerville independent school districts received 5 books of color per bundle, a puzzle from Puzzle Huddle, and a $10 Black Pearl Books gift card.
The 100 BMOA partnered with First Tee to sponsor 13 students from Big Brothers Big Sisters to learn the game of golf through the First Tee program. Students were introduced to the curriculum and the 100 felt it was important to provide resources to students in need. The 100 sponsors 50 underrepresented kids annually to go through the First Tee program.
The 100 also supported Huston-Tillotson’s summer program for their incoming freshmen. 33 students from HT practiced at different stations to learn about golf clubs, putting, driving, and other networking opportunities with the 100 and First Tee.
In partnership with Barbara Scott, the Colony Park Neighborhood Association, and their back to school efforts in East Austin, the 100 donated 480 backpacks to LBJ High School, Gus Garcia Middle School, and Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy for the upcoming school year. This donation wouldn’t be possible without the help of Amazon and their Goods for Goods initiative.
The members of the 100 Austin chapter felt it was important that our students explore things outside of their neighborhood. This year, we decided to take it beyond their wildest dreams by sponsoring our mentees and students as they study abroad. The 100 sponsored 4 students to study abroad in Dubai (2), (New Zealand 1), and Cape Town (1). Jayden Bright and Jaylen Lee went to Dubai this past March, Helah Payne traveled to Cape Town this summer and it was life changing for all of them.
Helah Payne stated, “Studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa has been one of the most influential experiences I have had so far. It pushed me out of my comfort zone in so many ways and forced me to open my eye to the subconscious stereotypes we hold. I am beyond grateful to have been able to travel to the motherland and I could not have done it without the help of the 100Black Men of Austin Chapter. Thank you for benign such a huge support in my journey.”
Jayden Bright in Dubai
Jaylen Lee said, “Traveling abroad to Dubai and Abu Dhabi was a surreal experience the opened my eyes up a lot. I can’t thank the 100 enough for helping make this possible!”
WEAR THE CLUB. WEAR THE CAUSE.
It’s our differences that define us. It’s our diversity that unites us. For the 2022 adidas UNITY Pre-Match Jersey, U.S. roses and Canadian bunchberries come together in a colorful pattern to represent the two nations—and one league—we play for. Because no matter the season, we move best together.
As part of the Wear the Club. Wear the Cause. initiative, Nnedinma Obiwuru (Nnedy) of Austin FC worked with leaders in the Austin community to invite students to see what’s it’s like to attend an Austin FC soccer game at Q2 Stadium. The students learned the Austin FC chant (Dalle ATX), received Austin FC swag, took a tour of the stadium, and had the opportunity to design their own pair of cleats that were provided by Austin FC.