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Grizzlies encourage students to "Dream Big" through poetry

MEMPHIS, March 2, 2011-Finalist from 19 Memphis area schools competed in the Grizzlies Poetry Slam Finale, Saturday Feb. 26 at FedExForum's Opus Restaurant. Local DJ, Devin Steele hosted the event which allowed students to recite original work based on the theme "Dream Big".

Students shared poems about the obstacles they face, how they overcome and their hopes for the future all in the spirit of dreaming big.

"It was a great honor to be able to provide a platform for our high school students to use their artistic skills to share their feelings," said Teresa Dickerson, Grizzlies Director of Community Investment.

"Through spoken word, students are given the opportunity to share their dreams and goals but to also share their hurts and disappointments. They are our future leaders. The students were very competitive and they really set the bar high for future participants."

White Station High School 10th grader, Briyanna Evans took home the first place prize and trip to New York to see the Grizzlies take on the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Tenth grader ReMarius Tabb from Northwest Prep Academy won second place and a Toshiba laptop, and Cordova High School 11th grader Trenetia Lowery won third place and an IPod Touch. Each winner was also recognized Saturday night during the Grizzlies victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Grizzlies' player and poet, Sam Young hosted the tip-off for the city wide poetry competition at Overton High School in December. This year's Poetry Slam was the Grizzlies first endeavor in a poetry competition with hopes of making it a yearly event to give area high school students an artistic outlet.

Check out the photos from the event!