|NC Central Women’s Basketball Signs Six
Kevin c Buczek Photo courtesy NCCU
|Howard Senior Profile Featuring Brandon Hood, A conversation
with Brooklyn native Brandon Hood
Derek Bryant Photo courtesy HU (Photo Credit – Frank Mitchell III)
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2020) – Howard University rising junior public relations major A’Maiya Allen spoke with recent graduate Brandon Hood (Brooklyn, N.Y.) from the men’s soccer team, asking nine questions for the 2019-20 Senior Profile series.
Q: How and when did you start playing soccer?
A: I started playing soccer at five years old when my mom took me to one of her friend’s academies, and I have been playing ever since.
Q: What has been your driving force throughout your academic and athletic career?
A: Growing up and coming from a third world country, I witnessed the sacrifices my mother made to send me to school while providing for the family. This drove me to take everything seriously, so I can become successful and eventually provide for her and the rest of my family.
Q: Who is your biggest sports inspiration?
A: My biggest sports inspiration is the late Kobe Bryant. Since I was a kid, I have been a fan because he was my dad’s favorite player. I try to emulate his work ethic with the Mamba Mentality not just in soccer, but in other aspects of my life as well.
Q: What has been your favorite soccer memory at Howard?
A: My favorite soccer memory was during my first home game freshman year against Robert Morris because the atmosphere and support we received from the fans was indescribable.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: After graduation, I will be working full-time as an analyst at JPMorgan & Chase in their Washington, D.C. regional headquarters.
Q: What will you miss most about Howard?
A: I will mostly miss being around my friends and the Howard culture. The vibes and family atmosphere are unlike any other school or place. In my opinion, there is no place like Howard.
Q: What message would you give to your freshman-year self?
A: I would have told myself to build a strong support system or find a mentor. At Howard, there are a lot of processes that are new, and sometimes challenging to navigate. Having a strong support system can be a great resource to assist you in finding internships and job opportunities while receiving guidance in life.
Q: What makes your team special?
A: The diversity makes our team so special because we are all different. I have learned a lot from my teammates because every individual specializes in something and I can relate to everyone in unique ways.
Q: What message would you leave for the rest of your team?
A: I want to tell my teammates to remain focused, both academically and athletically. I am hopeful that everything will be back to normal soon, so they can be back on the field doing what they do best.
|MEAC STATEMENT ON COVID-19’S IMPACT ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN
NORFOLK, Va., May 15, 2020 —The Presidents and Chancellors of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) acknowledge the widespread and unprecedented impact the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on the communities its membership serves, and recognize how disproportionately African-Americans and other minorities have been affected by the virus.
While the Council of Presidents and Chancellors within the MEAC is focused on the welfare of our student-athletes, we take our responsibility much more broadly. We understand our role as anchor institutions and, as such, are dedicated to supporting efforts to educate and empower all members of our university and extended communities in the fight against COVID-19.
As HBCU Presidents and Chancellors, we know the importance of science and scientific inquiry in the fight to arrest and eradicate global pandemics such as the one we currently face. The MEAC is fortunate to have amongst its presidents and chancellors a wide range of expertise to guide us in making decisions that are in the best interest of the communities that have sustained us for more than a century and a half.
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, physician and president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. is the current Chair of the Presidents’ Council and we appreciate his perspectives as we plan and chart new courses of action in the wake of the continuing COVID-19 crisis.
“Our institutions were born out of a need to overcome unequal opportunities and systemic discrimination,” Dr. Frederick said. “This pandemic has emboldened the sacred missions of our institutions to provide solutions to these issues.”
The MEAC Presidents and Chancellors also acknowledge that the devastating toll COVID-19 has taken on the African-American community, specifically, is a result of pervasive racial disparitiesthat negatively impact the longevity and quality of life for black people. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost one-third of infections nationwide have affected African-Americans, although African-Americans makeup only 13 percent of the U.S. population. Likewise, nearly one-third of those who died are African-Americans, according to the analysis of available state and local data by the Associated Press.
The MEAC’s Presidents and Chancellors recognize the symbiotic manner in which economic and social conditions inform public health outcomes and shape the experiences and survival rates of those most vulnerable as a result. We are also quite concerned about the disproportionate economic impact that the virus is having within the African-American community and are calling on our public officials to put in place policies and initiatives to address these disparities.
As HBCU leaders, we are committed to doing our part to keep our students, their families, and the communities we serve, safe, informed and empowered in the global race to end the spread of COVID-19.
The MEAC Presidents and Chancellors want to make clear that our institutions are supporting ongoing efforts to grow and diversify the workforce and produce cutting-edge research to address many of the disparitie smade more visible by COVID-19.
As we make decisions across our campuses, those decisions will be guided by science and research data to ensure that our students, faculty, staff and the general public that we serve are not in harm's way. As HBCU leaders, we raise our hands to show the African-American community that we are sensitive to their needs and thinking about them and that we care.
For more information, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
MEAC Presidents and Chancellors
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is made up of 11 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University (Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite), Coppin State University (Dr. Anthony Jenkins), Delaware State University (Dr. Tony Allen), Florida A&M University (Dr. Larry Robinson), Howard University (Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick), University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Dr. Heidi M. Anderson), Morgan State University (Dr. David Wilson), Norfolk State University (Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston), North Carolina A&T State University (Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.), North Carolina Central University (Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye), South Carolina State University (Mr. James E. Clark) and MEAC Commissioner (Dr. Dennis Thomas)
About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) just completed its 49th year of intercollegiate competition with the 2019-20 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 11 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.
|VAN GEERKE NAMED TO NCAA STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
HAMPTON, Va. -- What started as a visit to the Big South Conference office in Charlotte with fellow Hampton student-athletes for a meeting, turned into the start of what looks to be a fun filled senior season for men’s tennis risingsenior Davy Van Geerke.
After the Big South Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting and his work this past year, Van Geerke was selected as the 2020-21 representative of the Big South Conference to the NCAA SAAC Committee.
“I want to congratulate Mr. Davy Van Geerke on his selection to serve on this national committee,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. His selection continues to show a goal of all Hampton students to become leaders in the classroom and in life.”
Van Geerke went to Charlotte looking to learn more about the league. “I went to the first meeting in the fall this year in Charlotte and got to know several people from the conference,” said Van Geerke. “Stephen Dolan (Big South Conference Assistant Commissioner – Compliance) approached me to compliment me on my leadership style and asked if I would be interested in being considered to serve on the national committee,” he added.
Van Geerke is looking forward to his year on the national committee and is starting to learn some of the details about things they will be tackling. “Last year’s SAAC rep from the conference is reaching out to me along with Stephen Dolanto get me ready,” he said. “I know we will be working on NCAA legislation and serving as a voice of the student-athletes in the conference. “
In a shortened junior season, Van Geerke had a team best 6-3 record and won six of his last seven matches. He went 1-1 in the conference scoring a win at Winthrop.
Looking ahead to the coming year, Van Geerke is beaming with anticipation over this new experience. “It’s a blessing to be chosen for this experience and I am very proud to represent Hampton, the Big South Conference and HBCU’s on thecommittee,” he said.
For more information on Hampton University men’s tennis, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
KHALIL GARY NAMED TO BIG SOUTH ALL ACADEMIC TEAM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Big South Conference announced its Men’s Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic team on Friday and Khalil Gary was recognized by the league office on the team.
Gary (3.47 – Criminal Justice) is a Chi Alpha Sigma inductee, and helped the Pirates to a second-place finish in the 4x400m relay at this year’s Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The Big South Men’s Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team consists of one student-athlete from each institution that meets the criteria of having completed at least one academic year at the institution, maintains at least a cumulative3.0 grade-point average and is of sophomore standing (academically and athletically).
For more information on Hampton University Men’s Track and Field visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
Are They Now?” Featuring Chulsey Landry Hill Former forward returns
home after building accounting career at premier broadcasting
Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Howard Athletics Media Relations)
Link to article: https://hubison.com/news/2020/5/14/general-where-are-they-now-featuring-chulsey-landry-hill.aspx
WASHINGTON (May 14, 2020) – Chulsey Landry Hill was a member of the Howard University Women’s Basketball Team (1992-95) where she played over 75 games duringher collegiate career.
In her sophomore and junior campaigns, she guided the club to back-to-back 11-5 seasons during league play.
Off the court, she served on the Captain’s Counsel for Athletes while being initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She earned her degree from The Mecca with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting.
Since graduating, Hill has earned her MBA and built her accounting career at two of the premier radio and TV broadcasting networks serving the African-American community. She worked in both management as well as director roles in accounting at Urban One, Inc., and Black Entertainment Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc.
Currently, Hill has returned home and taken a position as the Assistant Controller in the Office of the Controller at her beloved alma mater.
She continues to be active in athletics, serving as a volunteer coach while cheering for her three kids in their basketball and volleyball games.
About Where Are They Now?
The new weekly series of "Where Are They Now?" appears each Thursday throughout the year.
The series will feature former student-athletes from all sports and eras, highlighting their careers as athletes at the University and what they are presently doing.