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BWSF Inaugural Essay Contest Award Winners Chosen

Thursday, March 23, 2017



Black Women in Sport Foundation Inaugural Essay Contest

Award Winners Chosen:

Essays focused on the achievements of great women with ties to Philadelphia

(Philadelphia, PA March, 2017)The Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) is proud to announce the winners of its Inaugural Essay Contest 2017 for Women’s History Month. The contest was created as an intergenerational history project to continue sharing the rich legacy of African American women achievements with the younger generation.


The BWSF Essay Contest winners from category 5th to 8th grade are in 1st Place: Kierra Adams, age 12, Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia, BWSF DHS OST Middle School Girls Program; 2nd Place: Kennedy Jemison, age 11, Julia R. Masterman School, BWSF Special Events; and 3rd Place: Nyere Walker, age 12, Beverly Hills Middle School, BWSF Special Events. Winners will each receive a gift card. All participants will receive a certificate.


Honorable mention was given to several young ladies who are all participants in the BWSF Department of Human Services Out-of-School Time Middle School Girls Programs. They are Azariah Carter, age 11, William McKinley School (Norris Square Community Alliance); Kyanne Santiago, age 11, Tanner Duckrey School (EducationWorks); Alaisha Pagan-Sanchez, age 12, McKinley (NSCA); Milan Little, age 9, Duckrey (EducationWorks); and    Yamalitzy Encarnacion, age 12, McKinley (NSCA).


It took a village to make this contest a success. Parents, siblings, coaches, program coordinators and directors all helped to spread the word and encourage the youth to enter. Winners were selected based upon the scores received from independent judges Linda Carroll-Pitts , Ora Lambright and Jerika Johnstone . The contest was open to participants of BWSF programs and special events. BWSF received entries from youth at the Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia; Masterman School, Beverly Hills Middle School, Tanner Duckrey School, McKinley School and SCOP Programs Girls Track and Boys Track. Contestants responded to one of the following questions:

Question (1) Why should Philadelphia youth and families offer respect and gratitude to these 3 pioneers – Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Delores Andy the Former and First Female Philadelphia Recreation Commissioner?

Question (2) How did the 3 pioneers, Venus Williams , Serena Williams, and Delores Andy, the Former and First Female Recreation Commissioner, help create a healthier, more fit environment in Philadelphia?


BWSF congratulates all the winners and thanks all who entered.


About Black Women in Sport Foundation

Established in 1992, the Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching and administration. To learn more, visit the website: www.blackwomeninsport.org . Twitter: @BWSFandYou Facebook: Facebook.com/BWSFandYou Instagram: @BWSFandYOU

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