BHC Blog (3): Awarding Scholarships

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Black Heritage Celebration presented by State Farm
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The Cleveland Cavaliers concluded the 9th Annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC) presented by State Farm on March 1st at the Cavs vs. Los Angeles Clippers game at Quicken Loans Arena. To recap this year’s celebration, the team presented a video compilation during halftime to highlight all the BHC events that took place throughout Cleveland this year.

After more than a month of serving the community and honoring the past, the Cavs and State Farm made an investment in the future by awarding scholarships to four Cleveland-area students on behalf of the BHC. Dominique Gainer (Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay), Lakeisha Henderson (Shaw High School), Joshua Sweeney (Lincoln-West International Studies Academy) and Bryant Young (Collinwood High School) each received a $1,000 scholarship to aid with the financial obligations of post-secondary education.

Students across the city submitted applications with an essay on the topic of how they can help others “march ahead” to better themselves, much like the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The winning students were each presented with a personalized Cavs basketball and a $1,000 check by Cavaliers Legend and Director of Alumni Relations Campy Russell and State Farm Agency Field Executive Kevin Perry. This was the first time a scholarship has been awarded as part of the Black Heritage Celebration and a great way to conclude this year’s program.