Bobcats Partner With Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

September 22, 2004

The Bobcats have joined with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) on an extensive partnership to meet the common goal of helping students reach their potential in the classroom and in life. The announcement was made at the monthly CMS General Principals Meeting.

“Our partnership with CMS falls into place with our existing initiatives, which are geared toward education and academic achievement,” said Bobcats President and Chief Operating Officer Ed Tapscott. “Through this collaboration, we can help shape the lives of our youth, and influence their direction with our inventive educational programs, the partnership with CMS will be successful.”

The Bobcats have customized different programs for four selected CMS schools that will involve rewards programs, book donations, appearances and motivational speakers, including Bobcats coaches, front office personnel and players in support of the schools’ individuals needs.

Dr. James L. Pughsley, Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and Debbie Antshel, Executive Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation and Strategic Partnerships Office, selected the four schools to participate in the programs, based on the schools with the greatest need. The schools chosen were West Mecklenburg High School, Marie G. Davis Middle School, Walter G. Byers Elementary School and Double Oaks Pre-K. Over the next two weeks, tipoff events will take place at each location, outlining plans for each school.

“CMS is excited to be part of such an outstanding partnership with the Bobcats,” said Pughsley. “The opportunity for these four schools to interact with Bobcats players, coaches and personnel will have a tremendous impact on student achievement and motivation. We are extremely appreciative to the Bobcats for their overwhelming support of the district.”

The goal of the partnership is to encourage the students to excel both academically and in their personal lives. Students will be recognized at scheduled assemblies throughout the year for their positive actions and rewarded by the Bobcats throughout the 2004-05 school year. Students who meet specified requirements set forth by their respective principals and teachers will be allowed to attend the assemblies.

The individual school tipoff schedule begins on Thursday, Sept. 23, at Marie G. Davis Middle School, followed by Walter G. Byers Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 24. The following week, events will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at West Mecklenburg High School and Thursday, Sept. 30, at Double Oaks Pre-K.