By: Julio Olmo
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith will bring the entire First Take production team to Wilmington for a live broadcast on September 20 as part of his role as the city’s official HBCU Ambassador for its annual HBCU Week and College Fair.
The broadcast will originate from the 76ers Fieldhouse in South Wilmington as part of the City’s celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. First Take’s broadcast will very likely easily surpass any of their previous live audience attendance shows.
Stephen A. is a graduate from Winston Salem State University, so this a huge deal and it is going be a joyous weekend fill with all kinds of activities.
“I can’t put into words what my association with an HBCU school has done for my career and has done for my life…The friends that I’ve made, all the support that I’ve receive, people who believe in me from day one and their support never wavered…”, Stephen A. Smith.
Wilmington’s HBCU Week is held annually during the month of September and it is intended to provide local high school students with an authentic HBCU experience. Most of them have never set foot on an HBCU campus.
The week begins with a church service, followed by a community service project, a social hour and then a panel discussion. The highlight of the HBCU Week is the HBCU College Fair, which has contributed to more than 1,000 students being admitted to HBCUs over its first two years – with many receiving full or partial scholarships.
“Our message is clear,” Mayor Mike Purzycki said. “Our young people are eager to learn more, and the HBCUs in Delaware and throughout the country offer a wonderful setting for college studies and for life experiences. We are honored…presenting HBCU Week in Wilmington.”
“The consistent and continuing emphasis on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from the Mayor and Wilmington City Council over the past several years should make us all incredibly proud,” said Delaware State University Provost Tony Allen, “As Delaware’s only HBCU , the largest producer of professionals of color throughout the state and the first choice for many students and their families…we are pleased to be deep substantive partners with the Administration and expect that this kind of focus will be an enduring legacy for many generations to come.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the education and experience I had at…Winston Salem State University!”, Stephen A. Smith.