The Los Angeles Rams will host the team’s first PLAY 60 event in the Los Angeles area when they travel to Inglewood’s Coleman Field to engage 800 Inglewood Unified School District youth in a day of fun and fitness. PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity and promote active and healthy lifestyles among youth. Friday’s PLAY 60 event will feature a variety of activities and stations, including a 40-yard dash, tackling dummies, field-goal kicking and the opportunity to catch a touchdown pass from a Rams player.
The event is also the kickoff of the team’s Staff Day of Service program in the Los Angeles area. Each month, the Rams front office staff will take time out of the office to volunteer with local non-profits. The program, which began in St. Louis in 2009, has resulted in more than 12,000 hours of community service.
In just a few short weeks, parents will face the challenge of keeping their kids safe and mentally engaged during the summer while they go off to work. Imhotep and Alexis Coleman, founders of Urban Scholar Academy in Inglewood, will be welcoming students from kindergarten through 8th grade to meet this need.
The Urban Scholar Academy will run its summer program from June 13 - July 29 at Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church, 425 South La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301. Classes will be held Monday through Friday.
“We’ll be doing robotics, physical science, forensics, phonics, reading comprehension and mathematics skills to prepare students for the 2016 Fall Term. We want students to be at least 2 months ahead when they return to school. We’ll also focus on the fundamentals of performing and fine arts. We do weekly field trips and arts and crafts as well,” Imhotep said.
Because it’s never too early to instill sound moral values, the Colemans have developed a special curriculum for character development. “Students learn to develop character through team building activities. Each week a different character trait is emphasized. For example, we work on integrity one week and the next week, we emphasize trust,” Alexis explained.
Urban Scholar Athletes was established to fill a gap for parents who live in urban communities. “As a public school educator and parents of two boys, we felt there was a lack of academic enrichment on the weekends for African American and Latino students, and we wanted to create something to address this. Since 2012, every Saturday we would hold classes focusing on science, math and reading enrichment.”
Both Howard University grads, the Colemans moved to California in 2006 so Imhotep could pursue his career in television and film production. They settled and bought a home in Inglewood in 2009.
Urban Scholar Academy is looking to develop partnerships with people who have a vision for the city and working with African American and Latino youth. “We are looking for opportunities to do events in the city for children who need academic support in and around Inglewood,” Alexis said.
“Education is a critical part of any community advancement. We want to provide a resource for parents who want their kids to excel academically,” Imhotep said.