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  • HerBasketball Joins The Sankofa Project

    (Mitchellville, MD) Jerrod Mustaf, Founder of Her Basketball Organization, announced today a strategic partnership agreement with the Sankofa Project. This alliance will support efforts to increase awareness of the purpose and intent of Title IX; and, encourage more female students to dream of non-traditional careers and use school based sports and NCAA eligibility to make that dream a reality.

    This year, forty (40) high school basketball teams (more than 640 girls) are set to travel to the Nation’s Capitol from CA, FL, GA, IL, MD, NC, NJ, NY and VA to be inspired, empowered and possibly recruited for a college scholarship at the 6th Annual National Title IX Holiday Invitational Conference and Classic (NTHICC). “I welcome HerBasketball and Jerrod Mustaf to our team and look forward to building Washington D.C. as “mecca” for female student athletes during the Winter Break”, says Janice Dove Johnson, Executive Director of the Sankofa Project and visionary for NTHICC.

    NTHICC is a 2-part, 5-day educational experience for students, players, parents, coaches, administrators and legislators. The Title IX Conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill with mini-workshops between games at the Classic venue. The Classic is three days of highly competitive basketball … six brackets, 20 games/day on four courts with five of the top 25 teams in the country participating. The Classic expects to host more than 300 college coaches and scouts giving DC area talent a greater opportunity to be recruited for an athletic scholarship. The Classic will be held December 27, 29 and-30, 2014 at the DC Armory.

    About The Sankofa Project:
    Now in its tenth year, The Sankofa Project continues to work to improve Title IX compliance in athletics, and promote greater interest in and access to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college scholarships for local athletes. Sankofa’s work with female student athletes began as a demonstration project at Woodson High School in 2004. In 2007, the organization began to serve all DC public schools through an agreement with the DCPS Department of Athletics where Sankofa was charged with the duty of surveying 15 DCPS high schools to determine their level of compliance with Title IX. In 2009 the Title IX Conference and Classic was created to address some of the compliance failures found in the survey and to gather fresh data on national norms and best practices in girls’ sports. The name “Sankofa” means to “fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” For more information, please visit www.sankofaproject.org.

    About HER Basketball:
    Her Basketball is a grassroots social and athletic organization for female basketball players to inspire excellence on and off the court. It was designed to advance Title IX compliance and to truly champion women’s rights and equality in the sport of basketball. Her Basketball promotes a healthy balance of femininity and athletic excellence to empower female athletes in the classroom, in the community and on the court,… with a package of Beauty, Brains and Ball skills. Her Basketball embraces the beauty of womanhood through sports.
    For more information, please visit: www.Herbasketball.org

    Contact: Terah Mustaf, Director of Operations, at (301) 832-5087

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