by Ward Mullens, Published November 16, 2010
YPSILANTI – More than 2,300 local and elementary school children from 16 area schools will travel to Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center Wednesday, Nov. 17 for the Fifth Annual Education First Day basketball game.
The men’s basketball team will face Madonna University in a noon matchup. For information, call 734.487.8109.
“Education First Day is a program designed for elementary and middle school students to experience the benefits of being on a college campus while taking part in educational activities related to their day-to-day experiences as a stu¬dent,” said Scott Schultz, marketing coordinator for EMU athletics. “In addition, each student will be able to enjoy the excitement of a Division I college basketball game played by student athletes who exemplify the characteristics of hard work and dedication.”
Part of the learning experience will come during a pregame educational program by Jim “Basketball” Jones (http://jimbasketballjones.com/). Jones is a youth motivational/educational speaker who uses basketball to teach different lessons about life.
Jones has an undergraduate degree in finance from Bowling Green State University and has an MBA from Ohio State University. Jones was diagnosed with dyslexia in kindergarten, but used the disability as a reason to work harder and become successful.
The day will begin at 10 a.m. with the educational program in the main arena. Following the program, students will eat lunch and then see the EMU men’s basketball team take on Madonna at noon.