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Oakland Rebel Athletes Signs Letter of Intent for College Basketball November 2013 :
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Oakland Rebels supports its high school age athletes by providing access to SAT Prep courses and practice exams. Additionally, we offer academic mentors to support our high school and grade age athletes in being responsible and successful with their school coursework. This mentoring may include weekly meetings, study plans, progress evaluations and identifying resources to overcome learning barriers. The Rebels also offer subject specific tutoring program.
Oakland Rebels workouts every Sunday at Tassafaronga Rec Center 975 85th Ave.
**NO WORKOUT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST DUE TO HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Nov. 24th workout schedule
12-2p 2nd grade- 8th grade.
2-4pm High School players that want to be considered for the 2014 season, must show up to the workouts.
Oakland Rebels 2014 season will be starting week of November 18th All interested players for 2013/14 season send an email from the contact page.
2014 Coaches. Practice Days Times and locatons
Peewee 4-7 Melvin Landry Start TBA
8u/9u Red Armond Gray Sun Tass 4-5:30pm Tues/Thurs 6-8p Rainbow Rec. Center
9u Black Ryant Diew Mon/Weds/Fri 6-8p Claremont Middle School
9u Black Frank Yeargin Mon/Weds/Fri 6-8p Claremont Middle School
10u Melvin Landry Tues/Thurs 6-8p Frick Middle School
11u Red Kevin Simmons Start Dec. 2nd Contact Coach 510-338-2559
12u Blue LaShawn Taylor Start Dec. 2nd Mon/Weds 6-8p Oakland International
12u Black Renard Monroe Tues/Thurs 6-8p Oakland International
12u White Melvin Cotton Tues/Thurs 6-8p Oakland International
13u Tremaine Moore Tues/ 6-8p Claremont Middle School
14u David Pandolfo Start Dec. 2nd Contact Coach 510-867-9449
Oakland Rebel's Student Althletes Desonn Shipp (L), 6th grader at Kipp King Charter School and Jaylen Thompson (R), 4th grader at Burckhalter Elementary Honored for their Acadmeic Achievement
Celebrating the excellence of 21 African American students who achieved 100 percent on the California Standards Test (CST), the Oakland Unified School District Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) held its 4th annual Perfect Score Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 29 to honor the young scholars.
Students earned perfect scores on the English Language Arts, Math, or Science sections of the CST, a part of the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program that is used to measure student achievement in California.
Awarded with plaques in front of family and friends, students set the stage for their peers as models of perfect achievement. The program included a performance by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Obasi Davis and a motivational speech by Jason Seals.
“We should expect [greatness] daily,” Seals said.
The program also recognized sophomore Ayo Lewis, who was awarded last year for his perfect score on the CST.
“This has inspired me to challenge myself. It let me know that I could do anything and be successful at it,” said Lewis, before presenting awards to the honorees with AAMA Executive Director Christopher Chatmon.
Acknowledging the 21 students with perfect scores out of the 13,500 African American students in OUSD, Chatmon said the AAMA seeks to make success the norm in classrooms.
“We feel it’s important for us to shine a light and celebrate the academic accomplishments of our children,” said Chatmon in an interview with the Post.
“I think within our city and within our public school system we’ve gotten too comfortable with normalizing and accepting mediocrity and failure. So we’re trying to change that narrative, to remind people of the beauty and brilliance of all of our children, to raise the expectations, and to engage families.”
Students said they were excited to receive the honor and their family’s support.
Jaylen Thompson, a 4th grader at Burckhalter Elementary said, “I feel great and I look forward to being successful in the future.”
“I think it’s really great [to be honored], and I’m going to strive to attend this event every year,” said Gabrielle Ricks, a 6th grader at Oakland School for the Arts.
Representing District 3 on the Board of Education, Jumoke Hinton Hodge was also recognized at the event.
“There are more Black boys in college than in prison,” said Hinton Hodge citing recent media reports. “This is good news! We have to support and show our little Black girls and boys how valuable they are and how proud we are.”
Through a partnership with AAMA and OTX West, all the honorees will receive a free home computer after participating in a training session.
BRIDGING THE GAP WITH – OAKLAND REBELS FOUNDER, MELVIN LANDRY
Ballers Bridge sits down with the CEO and Founder of the Oakland Rebels, Melvin Landry.
Melvin Landry has played a key role in helping young men from the Oakland area reach their potential both on and off of the court. Along with NBA rookie sensation Damian Lillard, Landry’s organization has produced countless athletes who excel on the court and are champions in the community.
How did the Oakland Rebels come to be?
I used to work at the Bushrod Community Center here in Oakland a while back, and a group of parents wanted me to start a recreation team so the kids could constantly play the game they love. As time went on, the parents wanted to do more, and we eventually evolved into an AAU Team (Oakland Rebels). So I have been at this for about 26 years.
What is your favorite part about coaching?
To see the kids actually improve in everything that they are doing: improving their basketball skills, attitudes, and academics. We work to instill discipline within the kids that will help them be successful on and off of the court.
Who should we look out for on your 17U team this
coming AAU season?
A couple of kids on the team: Temidayo Yussef, Joey Frenchwood, and Derrick Clayton will play big time roles for the 17U team.
Did you always know that Damian Lillard would be a
I was his first coach when he joined the Rebel organization. He was always athletic and really quick, but he needed to develop his body and his overall skill-set. But the thing about Damian was that he always stayed in the gym. Any time you do that, you are going to get better. The kids nowadays – from 1987 on up – don’t have priorities. Video games and friends are their main priorities and basketball usually falls 3rd in line. Kids have way more skill then they did in the past, but they don’t work nearly as hard.
AAU makes a big difference in young men’s lives.
Talk about the impact that basketball has on the Oakland area.
Oakland is a basketball city. It has allowed several kids the opportunity to go to college. Whether it is an academic or an athletic scholarships, the game of basketball has changed many young men’s lives in the Oakland area.
Talk about the Student Athlete Academy?
This is the educational branch of our organization. Kids turn in report cards, and we constantly monitor how they are doing in school. We are on top of any academic situations that may come up throughout the year, and we help the kids navigate their way through problems.