4KS Taylor sent an energetic group of teens to UALR on February 15, 2014. These students had a unique opportunity to be exposed to STEM careers and majors. The one day seminar was a great fit for the group, being that many of them have interest in pursuing a University degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math fields. The seminar participants where: Quazik, Tionna, Kradelia, Kataysha, Malika, and JaKesha. Marilyn Stewart was the group leader.
Academic Achievement 2012-2013
Congratulations to the U15 EAYO Lions Academic Achievers:
Robert Glasper Jr 2x
Caleb Bean 2x
Marquis Eaton 1x
4KS Taylor's 2012 Scholarship recipient is Samira Gardner. She is attending Arkansas State University and preparing for year two. We asked her to share for first year experience with incoming freshman.
"When you see college in movies, everything seems so exciting, care-free, and easy. To my surprise, my freshman year, I learned college is not half as real as they show it on TV. Sure there were parties and games weekly, but everything wasn’t as easy. College involves more studying. You’ll have fewer classes but twice the work as high school. Also in college to be successful you should prioritize everything. School should always come first. My accumulative GPA for my freshman year of college was a 3.0. My GPA could have been much higher if I prioritized school, work, and leisure time. Going into college I had no mentor to warn or tell me this.
My advice to and first year freshman is 1). Make sure you make your schedule on time. If you do you schedule late, you’ll get all the last minute classes and class times. Sometimes the class might even be too full to take. 2). STUDY! In college I’ve experienced several pop quizzes. You never know when your teacher might give you a quiz. 3). Prioritize! There are going to be a lot of fun events on campus but you shouldn’t attend if you know you have a test tomorrow and you have not studied. There are going to be several parties but several chances to take a test are not promised. 4). Surround yourself with POSITIVE people. There are so many crazy things you can get into in college and you don’t want to have the type of friends who will convince you to do the wrong things. Find yourself friends who like study and you’ll have friends who’ll convince you to do your work. You don’t ever want to get to college and lose sight of what you’re really there for!"
- Samira Gardner
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2013 EAYO LIONS SCHEDULE
1. Lions Jamboree, Forrest City, Arkansas 3.16.2013 (2-0)
2. Battle of the South Classic, Jackson Mississippi 3.22 - 3.24.2013 (1-3)
3. Hawks Invitational, Memphis, Tennessee 4.05 - 4.07.2013 (3-0)
4. Knoxvegas Heat Invitational, Knoxville, TN 4.12 - 4.14.2013 (1-2)
5. Beale Street Showdown (NCAA), Memphis, TN 4.26 - 4.28.2013 (1-2)
6. U15 Division 1 State, Little Rock, Arkansas 5.10 - 5.11, 5.17.2013 (3-2)
7. Street Hoop Fest 4, Forrest City, Arkansas 5.31 - 6.02.2013 (4-0)
8. High School Team Camp - 06.14 - 06.15
9. Memphis Red Hawks Classic - 6.22.2013 - 6.23.2013 (2-1)
10. U15 D1 AAU National,(NCAA) Little Rock, AR 7.09 - 7.14.2013 (4-3)
11. GASO (NCAA) Duncanville, TX 7.18 - 7.20.2013 (4-2)
12. KC Prep Invitational, (NCAA) Kansas City, MO 7.25 -28.2013 (4-2)
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Street Hoop Fest Recap
The 2013 Street Hoop Fest IV was a great sucess! We had 90 team from 13 state in this year's event. The quality of teams in the tournament would grades as 10 on 10 scale.
The growth pains of the tournament were felt through the weekend, which has triggered us to address the organization and flow. In 2014 we will have WiFi and Ipad at each location to streamline the tournament data entering process.
Again we would like to say "thank you" to all the teams, parents, coaches and sponsors for supporting this event!
2014 Youth Basketball Season
4KS Taylor is excited about the upcoming 2014 EAYO Lions AAU, Elite, and Select basketball season. This year we will have four teams: the number 14th National ranked D1 AAU U16/10th grade boys team, U14/8th grade boys Elite travel team, U11/5th grade girls select travel team, and a U11/5th grade boys select travel team.
The difference between the three groups is skill level. The AAU team has been playing together for three years and is best suited for highly developed players. The Elite team is new, but will be made up of both skilled and new ball players. The Select team is a developmental team for players that are serious about increasing their skills and basketball IQ. These teams make up the 2014 EAYO Lions family.
Parents that have kids that are not in these age groups, bare with us. We have a plan to introduce other age groups, but placing the right coach with the kids is most important. As the program continues to develop, we will introduce the other age groups.
4KS Taylor is excited about the U11 boys team under Coach Gardner's leadership this spring and summer. As of March 15, 2014 this group of boys have competed in one tournament, one jamboree, and city league. We encourage you to watch this boys in action!
4KS Taylor is excited about the U15 boys team under Coach Brexton Williams leadership. This group of boys are going to be something to watch. The are members of the Forrest City, Marianna, West Helena, West Memphis, and Wynne school systems!
Eastern Arkansas Business Sponsorship Drive
4KS Taylor has launched its end of the year Eastern Arkansas Business Sponsorship Drive. As many of the readers know fundraising is the life line of all chartable non for profit organizations, and we are no different.
4KS Taylor uses its funds to meet our mission statement of youth enrichment through the platform of basketball. This year the EAYO Lions traveled over 10,000 miles, where the members visited cities for the first time, participated in plant tours, networked and participated in a University of Tennessee tour. Experiences like this take funding to cover the cost of hotels, gas, van rental, and tournament fees.
In 2014, we are adding a few more youth enrichment programs that are tied to basketball and some that are not. These programs need funding as well. The membership fee that our members pay cover about one third of the annual cost of our sponsored youth enrichment activities.
4KS Taylor recognizes that funds are tight in the current state of this economy and that there are many other worthy charitable causes in Eastern Arkansas. This is why we would like to say, "Thank You" to all of our new and existing sponsors that have submitted their 2014 pledges! We will reveal all of the 2014 EAYO Lions sponsors below, so that the 4KS Taylor family can share our gratitude by letting the businesses know that we are thankful for their help in strengthening the community.
2014 EAYO Lions Business Sponsors
This year we asked our business leaders to help the EAYO Lions family represent Eastern Arkansas as we travel the country playing basketball. This year the EAYO Lions members will be practicing and warming up at tournaments in new shirts that have the EAYO Lions logo on them. They will also highlight the large support system that we have at home. Join 4KS Taylor in thanking our Business Sponsors by supporting these businesses!
The EAYO Lions Breaks into the 2013
Welcome to the place, where building a better future is a passion. 4KS Taylor is a non-profit organization that truly understands what makes tomorrow a better day. This is why we invest time, energy, and knowledge into the youth of today. 4KS Taylor mission is youth enrichment through basketball. Please visit our three areas of concentration and feel free to lend a hand to make tomorrow that much brighter.
Contact us at P.O. Box 981, Forrest City, Arkansas 72336 or firstname.lastname@example.org