Scholarship program will provide college tuition assistance to youth from New Orleans

Arnie D. Fielkow
Former Council President Arnie D. Fielkow; Chief Executive Officer of the National Basketball Retired Players Association

NEW ORLEANS – Arnie D. Fielkow, twice elected as New Orleans Councilman-at-Large post-Katrina, is returning to his adopted hometown to launch the Jack Fielkow Memorial New Orleans Recreation Scholarship Fund in conjunction with Major League Baseball and New Orleans-based youth mentoring program Each One Save One. As part of a 3:30 p.m. press conference on August 17 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (located at 300 Bourbon Street in New Orleans), Fielkow and his family will announce details of a $40,000 scholarship program honoring his late father that will award two $2,000 college scholarships annually to youngsters that came up through the New Orleans recreation system, with ties to the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy and/or Each One Save One annually.

 After six years spent in public service helping rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Fielkow returned to the business of sports when he accepted a Chicago-based position as Chief Executive Officer of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA). Fielkow began his position as CEO of the only retired players organization for NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni in October of 2011. The scholarship launch will coincide with the NBRPA’s Legends World Sports Conference, an annual networking event for former professional basketball players that will take place in New Orleans from August 16-19.

“My father, the late Jack Fielkow, was my best friend and role model, and I am thrilled to announce this scholarship program that will memorialize his legacy for years to come,” said Fielkow, whose father died of cancer in 2011. “My dad played and loved sports, and had a special place in his heart for the passion and resiliency of New Orleanians. The entire Fielkow family is honored to bring this educational assistance program to New Orleans youth, and we couldn’t find two better youth-based programs in New Orleans than the new MLB Urban Youth Academy and Each One Save.”

“Education is an important element of the MLB Urban Youth Academies, so, we are pleased to be working closely with the Fielkow family and Each One Save One to help young men and women pursue their college degrees,” said Frank Robinson, Executive Vice President, Baseball Development, Major League Baseball. “The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy will be a resource for youth in the area not only to enhance their skills as ballplayers, but also to achieve academic success.”

will be jointly administered annually by Major League Baseball and Each One Save One. Scholarships will be awarded annually beginning in in 2013 through applications evaluated by a committee that will include officials from Major League Baseball and Each One Save One.

“The Jack Fielkow Scholarship is an excellent vehicle to encourage excellence and assist financially in students’ educational achievement, which leads to career success. Kudos to Arnie for his commitment to young people and for this thoughtful and generous contribution.”

About the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy

The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy is a $5.3 million facility located at Wesley Barrow Stadium in Pontchatrain Park that will provide free, year-round baseball and softball instruction, and additional educational programming, for underserved youth throughout Southern Louisiana. The complex includes three fields (baseball, softball and tee ball) complete with scoreboards, seating, dugouts, lights, four batting cages, an indoor facility, pitching mounds and other professional-caliber training facilities. The New Orleans facility will join Compton, Calif., Houston, Texas and Gurabo, Puerto Rico as the fourth operational MLB Urban Youth Academy.

About Each One Save One

 Each One Save One head quartered in New Orleans, Louisiana is a non-profit organization dedicated to reversing the plight of children in our community. Founded in 1994, we provide caring adults who commit to mentoring a child during the school year. Our mantra is simple: The Power Of One–One mentor, One child, One-hour a week.

Courtesy: Vincent Sylvain

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