January 18, 2020 / Nashville Tennesee

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Mission Statment

The Music City MLK Roundball Classic, Inc. was established with a primary mission to provide scholarship assistance, mentorship counseling and interactive educational panel discussions to low and moderate income students.

Vision Statement

The scholarship assistance as well as the mentorship counseling will be made available to one need based, low income Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, student graduating from one of Thirteen (13) Title One high schools. The 13 Music City Classic Scholarship Recipient schools are all Metro Nashville, Davidson County, publicly-funded high schools classified as “Title 1” schools. This designation, granted by the United States Department of Education, is granted to schools in which the majority of their student population falls below the national poverty line. Many of the students who attend these schools have neither the financial resources nor the social capital to be able to attend college and successfully complete their coursework and ultimately, graduate. The Music City Classic aims to meet these needs by providing financial assistance in the form of need-based scholarship stipends and the assistance of a nurturing mentor who will encourage and support each student as he/she navigates his/her first year of college.

Scholarship recipients will be paired with a mentor, who will contact them monthly throughout their freshman year of college to help identify and solve problems that may inhibit their ability to successfully complete their coursework. There is empirical evidence that youth and young adults participating in mentorship programs are more likely to stay in school and attain higher levels of educational success; they are less likely to participate in gangs, less likely to be involved in substance abuse, and less likely to be involved in delinquency and the justice system. Our vision is that with the financial and counseling support of the Music City Classic’s scholarship program, young adults from Metro Nashville high schools will begin their college careers poised for success.

The interactive panel guided educational sessions will be provided to the athletes participating in the basketball showcase fundraiser and will cover financial literacy, soft skills employment training and discussions on developing coping mechanisms and anger management. The focus will be on character development, cognitive restructuring, developing and honing communication skills, decision making, coping with racism and discrimination, bettering relationships and steering clear of domestic violence, sexual assault as well as physical assault.

"Nashville's got game, let the games begin."

MCC Salute to Martin Luther King

We celebrate his vision and quest for equality in every sector

The MLK Jr holiday weekend was selected to be the time frame for the Music City Roundball Classic out of respect to the man the holiday honors. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an educated man and an educator. The Classic wishes to honor his vision and quest for equality in every sector which in our opinion begins with education. Thus on the MLK holiday, Monday, January 16th, 2017, during the seven games slated for that day, there will be tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. to honor him, his dream, his life and his accomplishments. We will also present the Drum Major for Justice MLK humanitarian award to someone who exemplifies the life and pursuits of the late Martin Luther King, Jr.


Low-income students face barriers to college access and success

Each year, low-income students face barriers to college access and success, as they often lack the guidance and support they require to prepare for college, apply for financial aid, persist throughout their studies, and ultimately graduate from college. Armed with this knowledge, in March 2014, Eva M. Lemeh, converted her vision to assist young people to further their education to the highest achievable educational level, into action and established the Music City MLK Roundball Classic, Inc., a 501c3 tax exempt, non-profit organization.

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