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The411: Two local non-profits unite to mentor and motivate area youth

The411:  Two local non-profits unite to mentor and motivate area youth

by Sherlene Shanklin

Posted on March 10, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 10 at 10:47 PM

The411: Men Building Men is a non-profit organization that provides support to young men in Metro Louisville and surrounding areas by giving them positive role models in their lives as they make the journey into manhood.  Men Building Men and the West Louisville Boys Choir have joined forces to plan “Man 2 Man”, a two day event to motivate the youth by giving them an outlet to see professionals who lived in the same climate overcome the shortfalls and still succeed.    

On Saturday, March 12th at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne, 1325 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy there will be a fundraising gala.  This year’s special guest is former NFL player, New York Giant David Tyree.  The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and tickets range from $25 to $200 based on dinner, dancing and hotel accommodations.     
On Sunday, March 13th starting at 2:00 p.m. the event moves to the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 North 6th Street.  Young men will interact with NFL and NBA athletics, area role models and peers headed to and/or graduating from college to give their testimony on how they set goals for themselves.  
Kyle Draper, former WHAS11 Television sports director and current sports anchor/reporter for Comcast Sportsnet New England in Boston, Massachusetts will be the master of ceremony for both events.  Draper, a Philadelphia native will share with the young men his experiences being in a competitive field and being able to find his niche and formula for success.  

Guests confirmed to attend both March 12th and 13th events; DeJuan Wheat, former NBA & University of Louisville standout who is the first player in NCAA 1 history with career total of at least 2,000 points, 450 assists, 300 three-point goals and 200 steals. Ibn Green, former University of Louisville football standout from 2002-2004 and he went on to have a successful NFL career.  Montrell Jones, former U of L football wide receiver.  Jones also appeared on Spike TV’s “Fourth & Long”.  Terry Rice Lockett, former U of L and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker.  Felton Spencer retired NBA center from 1990-2002 and U of L Cardinal.  Herbert Crook, a member of the 1986 championship team for U of L.  Crook played for Denny Crum.  Mozziz Dewalt appeared on Biggest Loser 8 where he lost over 90 pounds.  Dewalt is also a mentor to youth in our community and a travels around the U.S. educating people on how you can lose your desired weight and keep it off.  
To order tickets contact Frank Porter, “Men Building Men” Founder & CEO at 502-714-8960 or McDaniel Bluitt, “West Louisville Boys Choir” Founder & Director at 502-376-7840.  
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