News You Won’t Hear: 100 % Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Graduates Accepted To College For Fifth Years In A Row!


By Jueseppi B.








100 % Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Graduates Accepted to College for Fifth Years in a Row!


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Tim King Announces Urban Prep’s 100% College Acceptance Rate 2014


Published on Apr 10, 2014

On April 8, 2014, Urban Prep Academies, the country’s first network of charter public schools for boys, held an assembly to announce that for the FIFTH year in a row, 100% of Urban Prep seniors–all African-American males–had been admitted to four-year colleges and universities.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Urban Prep Academies’ founder and CEO Tim King, elected officials, community leaders, and Urban Prep students, faculty, alumni and parents in celebrating the seniors’ achievements.


To congratulate the seniors, Tragil Wade, president of Wade’s World Foundation — the charity foundation of NBA champion Dwyane Wade and longtime philanthropic partner of Urban Prep — announced that Wade’s World Foundation will provide a $10,000 donation to the Class of 2014 to offset the costs of their senior prom.


With 240 seniors graduating from Urban Prep this year, more than one in ten African-American males from Chicago Public Schools enrolling in college as freshmen in the fall will be an Urban Prep alumnus. Seniors in Urban Prep’s Class of 2014 have accrued more than $12 million in scholarships to date and have been accepted to more than 185 four-year colleges and universities across the nation, including: Cornell University, Florida A & M University, Georgetown University, Grinnell College, Howard University, Morehouse College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Virginia. This year, for the first time, Urban Prep seniors have also been admitted to Colgate University, Emory University, the University of Michigan, Williams College and the United States Military Academy–West Point.







From Lee Bailey’s EURO


5 Years Straight: Every Graduate of Chicago’s Urban Prep Accepted to College


Chicago Mayor Emanuel Congratulates Urban Prep Academy Class of 2014 (April 8, 2014)

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Congratulates Urban Prep Academy Class of 2014 (April 8, 2014)


Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy has done it again.

For the fifth year in a row, the school has achieved a 100 percent college acceptance rate for its senior class. This year, 240 students got acceptance letters from four-year colleges and universities.

As part of an Urban Prep ritual, when seniors are admitted into college, they exchange their red uniform ties for a red and gold striped tie, a symbol of how hard they’ve worked.

“The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand to congratulate the scholars, and NBA star Dwayne Wade donated $10,000 through his foundation to offset the cost of the student prom.

The Urban Prep seniors – all African American males – received over $11 million in college grants and scholarships. They were admitted to over 185 colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Florida A & M University, Georgetown University, Grinnell College, Howard University, Morehouse College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Virginia.

This year, for the first time, Urban Prep seniors have also been admitted to Colgate University, Emory University, the University of Michigan, Williams College, and the United States Military Academy (West Point).

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Chicago’s Urban Prep Does It Again: 100 Percent College Acceptance


For the fifth straight year, Urban Prep Academies’ entire graduating class has been accepted into four-year colleges and universities.


From the time they enter Chicago’s Urban Prep Academies, the young men are asked to wear red ties. They may change these ties only once: after they have been admitted into college. During this year’s graduation ceremony, students who had achieved the honor were given new yellow ties with red stripes, a gesture to symbolize the hard work and dedication displayed in not only graduating from high school but also continuing to pursue education in one of the nation’s toughest cities.


For the fifth year in a row, all of the graduating students at Urban Prep Academies’ three campuses (pdf)—240, to be exact—donned new ties as the graduating class has again achieved a 100 percent acceptance rate into four-year colleges and universities.


“The tie represents, to me, moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the graduation Tuesday, and NBA star and Chicago native Dwyane Wade donated $10,000 through his foundation to help pay for the prom, NBC Chicago reports.


“I got into a lot of different schools, but right now I’m thinking about four different choices,” student Keshawn Cathery told NBC Chicago.


“I got into Georgetown University, which I will be attending in the fall,” student Derrick Little said.


The 2010 class, the first to graduate from the Chicago school, is on course to graduate from college.


“Being the first graduating class, you see a lot of progression, you see a lot of downfall, but everything comes just together. If you keep striving for that one goal, no one can tell you no,” Urban Prep alumnus Paris Williams told the news station.


With its challenging curriculum, the public charter school has had some students leave the program because they weren’t able to manage it. “Urban Prep is not for everyone, and those students may leave us,” school founder and CEO Tim King told the news station. “But the fact that some students choose to leave us should not be used as a weapon against the students who have chosen to stay and have achieved this incredible accomplishment.”


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Urban Prep Academies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a network of all-boys public schools including the country’s first charter high school for boys. Urban Prep’s mission is to provide a high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience to young men that results in our graduates succeeding in college. The schools are a direct response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and college completion rates among boys in urban centers. While most of Urban Prep students come to the schools from economically disadvantaged households and behind in many subject areas, Urban Prep remains committed to preparing all of its students for college and life.





Building a positive school culture is very important at Urban Prep as it helps promote positive self-esteem and high achievement.

Urban Prep Creed

One way we foster a positive school culture is by holding our students accountable to live by the Urban Prep Creed which they recite each morning in Community. The Creed was developed by Team UP prior to the opening of the school and it has been embraced by our entire community.






Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men
Bronzeville Campus • Englewood Campus • West Campus


420 North Wabash • Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60611
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The Bronzeville Campus:


2710 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60616

School Phone:  773.624.3444

Principal – Mr. Richard Glass
Asst. Principal – Mr. Roy Curry

The Bronzeville Campus, our newest campus, is located in the heart of Chicago’s Douglas & Grand Boulevard communities, once called the “Black Metropolis” for its extensive historical value to African-American art and culture.  Bronzeville attracts residents, both young and old, with its boldly revitalized brownstones and its close proximity to Loop, Lakefront and South Side attractions.  As this community continues to revitalize itself, Urban Prep young men will be at the forefront, serving as community change agents.




The Englewood Campus:


6201 S. Stewart Ave.
Chicago, IL 60621

School Phone:  773.535.9724

Principal – Mr. Dennis Lacewell
Asst. Principal – Mr. Joffrey Bywater

The Englewood Community has a complex and storied history.  As a stop on the Underground Railroad, Englewood was an early beacon of hope for African-Americans escaping slavery.  Today, Englewood is on track to shine again with opportunity and our first campus, Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men — Englewood Campus, seeks to be of the lights in this rekindling.




The West Campus:


1326 W. 14th Place
Chicago, IL 60608

School Phone:  773.534.8860

Principal – Mr. Ronald Bryant
Asst. Principal – Mr. Dion Steele

The West Campus is located in one of Chicago’s most ethnically diverse communities.  First settled by Nobel Peace Prize Awardee Jane Addams in the nineteenth century, this community is home to some of the city’s greatest attractions and venues:  the United Center, Greektown, University Village, Maxwell Street and the Illinois Medical District.  Urban Prep is proud to call this neighborhood its home.













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Bulls Steal Game One: Bulls 93 Heat 86


By Jueseppi B.







Chicago Bulls Vs Miami Heat | May 6, 2013 | Game 1 | Full Game Highlights | NBA East Semifinals 2013


Published on May 6, 2013

FINAL: Chicago Bulls 93-86 Miami Heat

Nate Robinson scores game-high 27 points, 9 assists & 3 rebounds while Jimmy Butler adds 21 points & 14 rebounds as the Bulls defeat the Heat,93-86 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.







MIAMI (AP) Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game, and the Chicago Bulls stunned the Miami Heat 93-86 on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Trailing 86-83 with 2 minutes left, the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Heat once again.

Joakim Noah added 13 points, Taj Gibson had 12 and Marco Belinelli added 10 for Chicago, which snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak during the regular season, and handed the Heat their first loss in their last 13 games in this one.

LeBron James scored 24 points for Miami, which got 14 from Dwyane Wade.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami.

The Bulls were without Derrick Rose, as they’ve been all season. Kirk Hinrich was out again with a calf injury. Luol Deng isn’t even expected to rejoin the team until Tuesday, after dealing with an illness apparently so severe that a spinal tap – and other tests since – were needed to rule out things like meningitis.

And the group that was left gave the reigning NBA champions more than they could handle.

A pair of three-point plays by James – one of them coming when he just broke through a tackle attempt by Butler and muscled the ball to the rim anyway – gave Miami a 76-69 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the biggest deficit Chicago faced all night.

The Bulls, predictably, were undeterred. Coming off a Game 7 road win in Brooklyn two nights earlier just to get into a series with Miami, the Bulls just kept grinding. When Ray Allen made a 3-pointer to give Miami an 80-78 lead, Butler came back with one of his own to put the Bulls back on top. When the Heat went up by three after James made a free throw with 2:22 left, Belinelli connected for 3 – on a second-effort possession – to knot the game.

Then when Robinson connected on a 20-footer with 1:18 left, the Bulls had the lead and plenty of swagger.


With good reason, too.

Wade missed a 3-pointer on the next possession, Robinson drove the lane and scored with 45.5 seconds left, and suddenly the Bulls were up 90-86 – rendered virtually the entire building silent.

James drove against Butler and tried a 12-footer that missed everything, the Bulls got the rebound, Robinson made a free throw to stretch the lead to five and the stunner was complete.


Game 1 to the Bulls. And with it, home-court advantage as well.

It was a night that started with a celebration and ended with Miami’s arena in silence.

James was honored before the game, with a brief on-court ceremony to commemorate his fourth NBA MVP award.

“Everybody here knows about the statistics,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “All I would like to add in presenting this trophy is that LeBron James exemplifies the values of our game. Teamwork, passion, a continued extraordinary desire to improve, and a state of excellence that is unmatched. So thank you LeBron James, for what you bring to our league.”

James picked up the trophy – he was actually presented with it Sunday – and made a slow circle with it aloft, as cheers rained down from the sold-out stands.

“It’s an unbelievable achievement, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without these 14 guys here, our coaching staff and most of all you guys,” James said, speaking to the crowd. “This trophy is for you. So thank you so much, and let’s get ready to go.”

And with that, the game started.

Problem was, no one was ready to go.

The Heat missed their first seven shots – maybe rust from an eight-day layoff really was a factor – and Chicago led 21-15 after an opening quarter where Nazr Mohammed, he of the 2.6-point-per-game scoring average in this regular season, had as many points (two) as any Miami starter did.

A 10-0 Heat run in the second gave Miami a 25-23 lead, and the teams were tied at 37 at halftime.

The story at that point was James, who wore twice as many pairs of sneakers in the first half (two) as he had field goals (one). He had two points at the break, the lowest of his 120-game postseason career, on just 1 for 6 shooting. James started the game in sneakers that were MVP editions, then returned to his more customary style late in the first half.

He opened the second half with a 3-pointer, so the shoes were a quick fix.

But the Bulls were in for the long haul, and after James made the consecutive three-point plays to open a seven-point lead, Chicago answered with seven straight points, knotting the game at 76-all when Belinelli made a 3-pointer with just under 5 minutes left.

Momentum belonged to Chicago, and soon, so did the game.

NOTES: Robinson dove for a loose ball and collided with James with 4:19 left in the half, getting a cut upper lip for his efforts. He went to the locker room for treatment but started the second half. … James has played 885 regular-season and playoff games. He’s scored less than two points in a first half only twice, being shut out by Dallas on Oct. 31, 2007 and Dec. 20, 2010. He scored exactly two points on five other occasions before Monday. … Wade dove into the second row of seats to save an errant ball, and grimaced after appearing to hit his sore right knee.


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Barack’s House Welcomes NBA Champs The Miami Heat: Next Year The Bulls!!

By Jueseppi B.


US President Barack Obama wears a Chicag





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President Obama Welcomes the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat


Published on Jan 28, 2013

President Obama congratulates the Miami Heat on the team’s 2012 NBA championship and recognizes the Heat’s ongoing support to the men and women who serve in our military and their families. January 28, 2013.










LeBron at the White House: “Mom, I made it.”









January 28, 2013

Remarks by the President in Welcoming the Miami Heat



The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
January 28, 2013

Remarks by the President in Welcoming the Miami Heat

East Room


1:44 P.M. EST


THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Everybody please have a seat.  Well, today I am honored to welcome a little up-and-coming basketball team — (laughter) — to the White House called the world champion Miami Heat.  (Applause.)



Now, for many of teams that come here, this is a lot of cameras in one place.  It’s a little overwhelming.  (Laughter.)  But for the Heat, this is what practice looks like.  (Laughter.)  This is normal.  I know this is the first trip for some of these players, but a few of them were here a couple of years ago for a pickup game on my birthday.



Now, I’m not trying to take all the credit, Coach, but I think that it’s clear that going up against me prepared them to take on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.  (Laughter.)  It sharpened their skills.  It gave them the competitive edge that they needed.  And I think part of the reason they came back today is they want another shot at the old guy.  (Laughter.)



But first, I have to congratulate the Heat on their well-earned title.  This team traveled a long road to get to where they are.  In 2011, the Heat got all the way to the finals only to come up short.  But when you fall, the real test is whether you can ignore the naysayers, pick yourself up and come back stronger.  And that’s true in basketball, but it’s also true in life.  That’s exactly what these guys did.



Instead of getting down, they got better.  Dwayne Wade worked on his core.  LeBron learned some post moves from Hakeem.  Shane Battier came on board.  They became a more complete team.  They got to know each other better and trust each other more.  And they became more fun to watch.



In Game Four against the Thunder last year, we saw LeBron carried off the floor with cramps, only to come back a few minutes later and hit a dagger of a three-pointer to put the Heat ahead.  During Game Six, we saw him pull off one of the greatest performances in basketball playoff history, dropping 45 points — and he had a scary look in his eye.  (Laughter.)



We saw Dwayne Wade, the heart and soul of this team,  continue to do whatever it takes to win, including leading the team in blocks.  And at the post-game press conferences, he dressed well enough to land himself in GQ magazine.  (Laughter.)  Show them your kicks here, Dwayne.  (Laughter.)  If any of you can pull this off — (laughter) — other than Dwayne Wade, let me know.  We saw Chris Bosh get injured, but get healthy right at the perfect time and do outstanding work throughout the rest of the playoffs.



And it wasn’t just the Big Three.  Mike Miller could barely walk.  Mike, you look better now.  (Laughter.)  You looked broke down last year — (laughter) — but still hit seven three-pointers in the final game.  I don’t know how he did it because he could not walk.  He looked like an old man.  Mario Chalmers earned himself a nickname from Dwayne Wade that I’m not allowed to repeat.  (Laughter.)  But he did a great job.



Shane Battier, as always, played impeccable defense, hit big threes.  Juwan Howard — “Grandpa” — became the first member of the Fab Five to win a ring.  And Coach continually set the tone and kept these guys motivated the entire way.



So that team mentality — with everybody doing their part — is what finally put the Heat over the top.  And it’s especially impressive when you think about everything they’ve had to deal with over the last few years.  This team inspired a lot of passions on both sides.  And I’m just talking about their dance moves.  (Laughter.)  We saw that video, LeBron.  (Laughter.)



But even though I’m a little disappointed that the Bulls didn’t make it, I do want to congratulate the Heat for a well-earned championship.  LeBron said, “It’s about damn time.”  And I want to thank them for taking the time this afternoon to spend with wounded warriors at Walter Reed, because you guys are heroes to them but they are heroes to all of us.



And let me just say one last thing about these guys, and I mentioned this as we were coming in.  There’s a lot of focus on what happens on the court, but what’s also important is what happens off the court.  And I don’t know all these guys, but I do know LeBron and Dwayne and Chris.  And one of the things I’m proudest of is that they take their roles as fathers seriously.  And for all the young men out there who are looking up to them all the time, for them to see somebody who cares about their kids and is there for them day in and day out, that’s a good message to send.  It’s a positive message to send, and we’re very proud of them for that.  (Applause.)



So congratulations, again, to the Miami Heat.  And now we are going to take a picture that makes me look very short.  (Laughter.)  I’m accustomed to it, but first I’m going to ask Coach to say a few words.  (Applause.)



COACH SPOELSTRA:  Well, on behalf of Micky Arison, Pat Riley, the entire Miami Heat organization, and our families, we want to thank you for your hospitality today to be in the White House and also to be inspired by the great men and women of the Walter Reed Hospital.  We are honored and truly, truly humbled to be here.



We actually hope that this team serves as an inspiration to the nation of what a group can do when you come together and sacrifice your egos for a greater goal; to come together with a real hard-hat work ethic, and to be able to persevere through adversity and a whole heck of a lot of criticism — (laughter) — and still be able to accomplish the ultimate dream.



THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic.  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)

MR. JAMES:  Am I supposed to say something?



THE PRESIDENT:  You can if you want.  It’s your world, man.  (Laughter.)



MR. JAMES:  On behalf of myself and my teammates, we just want to thank you — to piggyback what Spo said — for the hospitality, for allowing us to be, I mean, in the White House.  I mean, we’re in the White House.  (Laughter.)  And Coach said — and the Prez said this real casual.  So I mean, we’re kids from Chicago and Dallas, Texas and Michigan and Ohio and South Dakota — (laughter) — Miami.  And we’re in the White House right now.  This is like, hey, mama, I made it.  (Laughter and applause.)



MR. WADE:  All I’ve got to say is we’ve got a 10-day contract left?






MR. WADE:  Pick my man up.  (Laughter.)



THE PRESIDENT:  You guys could use a shooter.  (Laughter.)



MR. WADE:  My point guard.  (Laughter.)



THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)



1:52 P.M. EST






Barack Obama, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade

President Barack Obama stands with LeBron James, fifth from left, Dwayne Wade, third left, and coach Erik Spoelstra, right, as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Barack Obama, Ray Allen

President Barack Obama shakes hand with Miami Heat guard Ray Allen as he welcomes the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama stands with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, coach Erik Spoelstra, and others, as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Dwyane Wade, center, shakes hands with President Barack Obama as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. LeBron James is seen rear left. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama is flanked by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, and coach Erik Spoelstra, right, as he welcomes the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat, to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama accepts a signed basketball from Miami Heat forward LeBron James as he welcomes the the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat, to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
LeBron James speaks after presenting President Barack Obama with a basketball signed by the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)



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