The Atlantic 10 Conference will host its 2018 Men’s Basketball Championship March 7-11 at the Capital One Arena, and on Thursday, March 8, open the doors to over 1,000 school children from the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools.
A-10 Executive Associate Commissioner Keith Gill joined Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Miles to announce a DC partnership today (Feb. 7) at Sousa Middle School, which will provide 10 tickets to each of the 108 schools serving the district to attend the Thursday, March 8, A-10 Education Through Sports contest at noon. Students in middle and high schools will be selected to attend the contest utilizing the guidelines of the school system’s “Every Day Counts!”
“We are delighted to partner with the Washington, D.C., public schools through our A-10 Youth Education Through Sports game as part of the 2018 Men’s Basketball Championship at the Capital One Arena,” states A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.
“This A-10 initiative provides not only a collegiate basketball game experience, but exposes hundreds of school-age children to our outstanding student-athletes, many of whom are role models on their campuses for their academic as well as athletic accomplishments. We are excited about the educational elements we have built into the game, and grateful to the District public schools for incorporating their Every Day Counts! program into the event,” adds McGlade.
Every Day Counts! is an initiative of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and seeks to ensure that every student in the district attends school every day, through a public campaign, a task force of education, health and safety leaders and investments in data-driven strategies to reduce absenteeism. Studies indicate that students who attend school every day are more likely to graduate from high school and make more money as adults.
"As we build city and school cultures that draw students to their school, it is important that we show students and families that we know it takes work worthy of recognition to make it to school every day," says Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles. "As the city continues to invest in removing barriers to student attendance, I'm proud to have partners like the Atlantic 10 Conference support our students and our efforts to improve attendance citywide."
The A-10 Education Through Sports game tickets are provided at no cost to the school children from the A-10 Conference and its 14member schools. Throughout the contest, the conference will integrate the collegiate basketball experience with learning activities and opportunities for the students.
“As we’ve heard from Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor Niles, the entire community plays a role in ensuring our students can get to school every single day,” says Atlantic 10 Conference Executive Associate Commissioner Keith Gill. “We are proud to be able to partner with the Every Day Counts! campaign and public schools throughout the District of Columbia to honor students for their hard work at our basketball tournament in March.”
The A-10 Men's Basketball Championship begins on Wednesday, March 7 at Capital One Arena with two games and continues through Sunday, March 11 and the championship contest at 1 p.m. All 14 members of the conference compete in the Championship. Tickets include all-session books as well as the new A-10 Zonies tickets in the lower bowl for only $20 per session. To purchase tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com, and for more Championship information, go to www.atlantic10.com.