March 30, 2010

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - In conjunction with the ninth annual Black History Symposium, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Student Athlete Advisory Committee will conduct a provocative roundtable discussion, with ESPN's Kevin Blackistone serving as host, Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.

The roundtable will feature UMES coaches and student-athletes and will address a theme of who prospers from sports. The following Hawks will be participating: Fred Batchelor (head coach - women's basketball), Sharon Brummell (head coach - bowling), Nick Robinson (assistant coach - men's basketball), junior Elliott Alston (baseball), junior Kristina Frahm (bowling) and senior April McBride (women's basketball).

"We are extremely excited to have Mr. Blackistone come to campus and interact with our coaches and student-athletes," said women's basketball junior and SAAC co-president Talareah Frazier. "We hope for this event to be a huge success and look forward to hosting similar discussions in the future."

Blackistone is a national sports columnist for AOL FanHouse, a panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn, a contributer to NPR's All Things Considered and co-author of A Gift for Ron, a memoir by former NFL star Everson Walls. He is currently the Shirley Povich Chair in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park.

Blackistone was an award-winning sports columnist for the Dallas Morning News and has worked for the Boston Globe and Chicago Reporter. He has covered an array of major sports events including the Olympics, Super Bowls, Wimbledon, the Tour de France, NCAA Final Fours, World Cups, British Opens and NBA playoffs.

The forum is open to the public and free of charge.

A committee serving of Dr. Kathryn Barrett-Gaines (Director of African and African American Studies) Jahaira Dixon, Lynette Gilchrist, tennis senior Rashad James and Frazier organized the roundtable.



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