The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 13, 2020 2:29 pm

Verbatim: Mad Ants announce essay contest, conversation

The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants issued this news release today:

January 13, 2020 -- The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, the NBA G League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, announced today the team will celebrate Black History Month with an essay contest for middle school and high school students throughout northeast Indiana as well as northwest Ohio.

Beginning today, students wishing to participate will be asked to write 250-500 words about a prominent African American figure with a connection to Fort Wayne, how they have impacted the community and what the students can do to serve as a positive influence throughout their communities as well.

Students will have until Monday, Jan. 20 to submit essays here:

Four judges from the Purdue Fort Wayne Black Student Union will aid in selecting finalists for the two divisions. The two winners will be notified by Friday, Jan. 24.

The two winners will be awarded a prize pack consisting of: a personalized Mad Ants basketball, tickets to the Saturday, Feb. 1 game vs. Canton, a tablet device courtesy of 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, appearances on WANE-TV before the game on Feb. 1 as well as on-court recognition during the game.

In conjunction with the essay contest, the Mad Ants will host a Community Conversation, highlighted by a prominent group of panelists, to discuss the essay topic in more detail with children from the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne. The conversation will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The scheduled panel will feature:

  • Terra Brantley: WANE-TV news anchor
  • Ron Howard: Fort Wayne Mad Ants community development manager
  • Iric Headley: Fort Wayne United director
  • Joe Jordan: Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne CEO and president
  • Amos Norman: Renaissance & Skyview YMCA executive director
  • Dr. Rae Pearson: Alpha Rae Personnel CEO

The two essay contest winners will also present their essays with members from the Boys & Girls Club during the conversation.

Official contest rules can be viewed here:

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