Over the summer, Dr. Ronald Luna and colleague Eugene Pascoe, a founder of the Silver Springs-based non-profit, Soccer and Friends, started a UMD-based venture called the Academic Sports Achievement Program (ASAP). ASAP's missions is to inspire, support and provide minority students with the skill-set neccessary to one day graduate from University. The goal is to create, develop, nurture and multiply LEADERs - students who honor and live by the program's core values of Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, Discipline, Effort and Respect.
Luna hosted three groups of students on campus: 20 first/second graders; 25 third-fifth graders; and 15 sixth graders who came from schools throughout Prince George's and Montgomery County. The students participated in hands-on, real-world experiences designed to encourage college-level analytical and critical thinking, which ultimately translate into deeper content comprehension. The students were provided with tours of campus and the Dept. of Geographical Sciences, given library tutorials, and offered guest lectures from various UMD professors. Before lunch, students were taught reading, math and geography, while the afternoons were devoted to developing soccer skills and playing small-sided games on the campus mall.
During the summer of 2016, the following ASAP sessions will be offered and all elementary students who are interested are welcome to attend!
I - June 27 - July 8
II - July 11 - 22
III - July 25 - August 5
IV - August 8 - 19
www.asaprogram.org (site under construction)