BALTIMORE – On Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 17, the UMBC men's basketball team visited with members of the basketball teams at the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a charter school for boys in East Baltimore. The teams participated in drills, shooting contests, a mock game and a time of sharing.
"It was enjoyable to not only put the kids through some drills, but to play around with them and have a lot of fun," sophomore guard Joe Sherburne said.
While the day was meant to be a fun experience for both teams, it also provide the UMBC players with an opportunity to share their experiences with the Baltimore Collegiate students and to discuss what it takes to be a collegiate student-athlete and how to work hard to get to achieve that goal.
"Today was a very special day for our program," head coach Ryan Odom said "What a privilege to be able to spend time with the young men of Baltimore Collegiate and to invest in those young men who are working so hard to achieve their goals of making it to college.
"To see our players and their young men have such joy in interacting with one another was truly special - and so beneficial for our players to stop - in the middle of the season - and reflect on how blessed they are and to love on those young men. We look forward to future opportunities such as these!"
Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys is a charter school that educates around 300 boys, grades 4-7, where the school day is longer than a traditional public school and each student is required to participate on a sports team. The motto of the school, painted on the walls of the gymnasium is "WHATEVER HURTS MY BROTHER HURTS ME AND WHATEVER HELPS MY BROTHER HELPS ME."
"This school certainly seems to be pointing these kids in the right direction and giving them the resources they need," Sherburne said. "And for us, it's an opportunity to be thankful for what we have and to realize that we're blessed in a lot of ways."