FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mario Boone
ATLANTA (November 16, 2016) Every member of the Clark Atlanta University men's basketball team now has the opportunity to attend summer school for free thanks to the hugely successful Inaugural Darrell Walker Art and Basketball Fundraiser Nov. 3. The fundraiser spearheaded by Walker in his first season as Panthers head coach had art lovers from around the country flocking to CAU to support our student-athletes. The donations received during this first-of-its-kind event will be used exclusively to pay for summer school tuition and other educational needs for CAU student-athletes who often have to miss class to travel to basketball games.
Tuition-paid summer school is in keeping with a major push by Coach Walker and CAU athletics director Lin Dawson to make sure every player graduates. Walker believes it is more important for his players to earn a CAU degree than winning games, and the generous donations received during this event will aid in that effort. It will not only keep our players on track to graduate, but do it on time in four years. It’s a cause Walker’s longtime friends John and Vicki Palmer were eager to support.
“We were there because Darrell Walker said, ‘I need help with my kids’,” said Mr. Palmer. “My wife and I were so taken by the quality of the art that we ended up purchasing two pieces.”
The auction featured some rare pieces donated by friends of Coach Walker, including a drawing by Whitfield Lovell, a painting by Radcliffe Bailey and a signed Phil Jackson jersey. Walker said he is already looking ahead to the 2nd Annual Art and Basketball Fundraiser in 2017.
“I feel good,” said Coach Walker. “I’m excited that I am able to send all of my players to summer school at no cost to them.”
For more information on how you can support CAU Athletics visit CAU.edu or call 404.880.8126.Category: Advancement, Athletics
Keywords: Clark Atlanta Men's Basketball