Rising Stars, Inc. founder and youth advocate Paul Savramis recently presented seven student athletes with educational assistance in the form of scholarships. Students have been awarded full four-year grants to prestigious private high schools.
On May 4, 2015, hundreds of well-wishers gathered at the Old Westboro Country Club, dressed to the nines, to honor seven outstanding young men. The students, Mr. Hassan Diarra, Mr. Jamani Fowler, Mr. Tyshawn High, Mr. Elijah Perry, Mr. Ryan Washington, Mr. Kimani Merchant, and Mr. Zayquan Warren were each awarded a four year tuition scholarship to their respective schools. Mr. Paul Savramis presented the awards.
Paul Savramis is the founder of Rising Stars, Inc. and an outspoken and well-known youth advocate. He says, “We use basketball as a vehicle to promote education.” He added at the ceremony that each of the young men had exemplified what the foundation was about: overcoming struggles and fighting for a better future.
Standing beside Savramis was Executive Director, Mr. Dan Gimpel who offered insights on two of the awarded scholarships. He emotionally challenged recipients of the Ryan Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship and the Brian O’Mara Memorial Scholarship about their responsibilities to the memories of these great men. Incoming Education Programs Executive Director Emily Aides stood with Dan Gimpel and Paul Savramis on stage to honor these athletes. Aides promised to the awardees, “We will assist you in playing defense against any obstacles you may incur…”
Team coaches Omar Atkinson and Willis Perry were in attendance as well and, like Paul Savramis, choked back tears as they witnessed the event.
The entire team at Rising Stars, Inc. expressed admiration at the efforts of these highly committed students and look forward to witness how they utilize these opportunities to achieve their dreams.