Rayshawn, Brandon, Mike and Mr. Vince

Rayshawn, Brandon, Mike and Mr. Vince

“I play basketball at Garfield High School and I was wondering what I have to do be prepared for basketball at the next level – college?,”   asked  mentee, Mike Thompson of Coach Keith Dambrot.  Thompson, a junior at Garfield High School, along with two other mentees, Brandon Brown and Rayshawn Craig,  attended the University of Akron Men’s Basketball 2016-2016 postseason celebration held Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Prime93 in Manchester. In response to the question, Dambrot said that the collegiate basketball is tough because it’s a longer season and requires that a player give more on the court and in the classroom.  He said the grind can be a big adjustment.  Evidently, most of his players have adjusted well because the team finished with a 26-9 record including being undefeated at home.  The season ended with an OT loss in the NIT to the Ohio State Buckeyes.



Mike with his favorite Akron U player, Kawan Cheatham

Mike with his favorite Akron U player, Kawan Cheatham

All three mentees have attended Akron U games and were familiar with several of the players.  Mike and Brandon were especially excited to meet their favorite players.  Mike met and took a pic with Kwan Cheatham and Brad met and  took a pic with his “twin” Antonin Jackson.  The players soaked up the attention and took a few minutes to talk with our young men.  Even though the guys had a hard time eating “banquet” type food  (they did get second helpings lol), they enjoyed the night.


SAYM continues to support the vision of our mentees attending college and using education as a means to being successful in life. Attending the event proved very important to Mike and Brandon because it allowed them to see young men, who were once just like them,  playing high school basketball with the dream of using it to get a college education.

Brandon poses with Antonin Jackson.

Brandon poses with Antonin Jackson.

6th Annual Golf SAYM Outing

The event is Monday, June 20, 2016

SAYM requests your support to make our 6th Annual Golf Event a success. This is our only fundraiser which accounts for nearly 25% of our funding each year. You can see from the pictures above that this event is about the children and students whom we serve. This year I have two high school boys helping planning for the event so they can learn what it takes to organize an event such as this, get an appreciation spreadsheets, sales calls to secure sponsors and prizes, and how to co-Emcee the program.

While the purpose for the event is to raise money and raise awareness of our ministry, the event is also fun for our golfers with over $10,000 of skill, raffle, and silent auction prizes. The event is Monday June 20 at Ohio Prestwick Country Club. Please click on the link on the website homepage for event details and also players registration form and sponsors registration form. Or contact me and I will take care of your needs (with respect to the outing of course).

Registration Form

Thank you past and present supporters. The SAYM leaders and children and students whom we serve are eternally grateful.

Donald C. Breece

Golf Chairman / 330/256-6911

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