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Troy Ave Creates Scholarship in Honor of Late Friend

Over a month ago, tragedy struck the Irving Plaza in Manhattan at a T.I. concert, leaving three people injured and one man killed. Sadly, the victim who was shot and killed was New York rapper, Troy Ave’s longtime friend and bodyguard, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter. In wake of the shooting in New York, Troy Ave has turned personal tragedy into triumph in creating a scholarship fund honoring Ronald entitled the Ronald McPhatter award. The award will promise $2000 each year for the next five years to student athletes graduating from New Utrecht High School, the Brooklyn high school where Troy Ave and McPhatter attended and played football. The high school football program will select the chosen recipients.

“When my son suggested [the scholarship] from jail I thought it was brilliant,” Tracey Collins, Troy’s mother, told DNA Info. “Edgar (McPhatter’s nickname) would love it, it’s such a good way to represent him.”

The first recipient of the 2016 Ronald McPhatter award was granted to senior defensive end Gianni Penso, who plans on attending New York City’s Pace University in the fall to play as an outside linebacker.

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Jalen Rose’s Academy Celebrates First Graduating Class

Sport’s analyst and Former NBA Star Jalen Rose’s charter school, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), held it’s inaugural graduation ceremony this year in Detroit, Michigan. Jalen Rose founded the academy in 2011 and still works very hard to provide private scholarship funds. The academy was able to raise and gift over $2.1 million in partial academic scholarships for the graduates.

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