Jordan Angel, Communications and Operations Manager, After-School All-Stars Ohio
Kate Zelasko, Public Relations Director, FOX Sports Ohio
On Tuesday, March 25th, students from Champion Middle School will ride the FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Fan Express to Cleveland to meet sports & television professionals, tour Quicken Loans Arena, and take in a Cavs game.
CLEVELAND, OH – After-School All-Stars Ohio (ASAS) students from the Columbus area Champion Middle School will be coming to Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday, March 25th on the FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Fan Express to experience a behind-the-scenes career tour and enjoy the Cavs-Raptors game.
As part of ASAS National Initiative CEO program – “Career Exploration Opportunities” – FOX Sports Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers will provide the students an inside look at the sports, television and events industry as they learn about a variety of careers is sports, event management, television production, and facilities management.
The Champion Middle School students will ride in style from Columbus to Cleveland in the FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Fan Express. Prior to the Cavs-Raptors game at 7:00pm, the Cavs will lead the students on a facility tour of The Q. The kids will also go behind the scenes in the FOX Sports Ohio production truck and meet crew members and FOX Sports Ohio broadcasters Campy Russell and Jeff Phelps. Additionally, students will have the experience of watching the players warm up from the arena floor.
“It is important that our students know that dreaming to be a professional athlete is great, but what happens after that? Or if that does not work out?” Aslyne Rodriguez, Co-Executive Director of After-School All-Stars Ohio stated. “This shows students that you can be a part of the sports world even though it may not be as an athlete.”
“It is our privilege to partner with After-School All-Stars Ohio and support their mission to help children succeed in school and life,” said François McGillicuddy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports Ohio. “We are pleased to provide this experience to the students of Champion Middle School and give them a sense of what it’s like to work in the world of sports television.”
“We’re always very happy to extend the great partnership we have with FOX Sports Ohio into our community, especially when it benefits kids. The world of sports is dynamic with all sorts of opportunities off the court or playing field. We’re excited to host these middle schoolers for a fun night and hopefully help educate them about the numerous career possibilities they can begin to learn about and work towards on the business and broadcasting side of sports,” stated Tad Carper, Senior Vice President of Communications of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
About After-School All-Stars Ohio
ASAS provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. ASAS Ohio was established in 2000 and serves more than 2,000 students per year by partnering with public school districts and community organizations. In 2012, ASAS expanded its services to Dayton and Toledo, Ohio, making it the first chapter in the network to go statewide. Though the expansion, ASAS Ohio will be able to reach more of Ohio’s school children each year. www.asasohio.org
About FOX Sports Ohio
FOX Sports Ohio is the television home of the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Xavier Musketeers, Cincinnati Bearcats, and Big 12, Conference USA, Pac 12 and Big East football and basketball. FOX Sports Ohio and sister network SportsTime Ohio present more live, local sports programming than any other network or broadcast system in the market, producing over 750 live sporting events including 4,800 hours of live and original programming every year Together, the two networks reach over five million households in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York, and West Virginia. For complete regional sports news, telecast schedules and updated statistics, log-on to www.FOXSportsOhio.com.