DAYTONA, November 12, 2013 - The Embry Riddle Athletic Association hosted more than 300 members of FBH's Kids Zone/Teen Zone program at the ICI Center on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Students and chaperones from Pierson, Starke, T. T. Small and Westside elementary schools; Campbell and New Smyrna Beach middle schools; and Mainland, Spruce Creek and New Smyrna Beach high schools received VIP treatment with a pre-game talk from ERAU's Athletic Director Steve Ridder, pizza and dessert provided by the Eagles Booster Club and an impressive performance by the Eagles in their 84-50 victory over Johnson Suns.
Coach Ridder, who became a first-time Grandfather earlier that day, set the tone with a motivational talk with the students before the game. He emphasized the importance of having good character and being a good friend. Coach Ridder invited students to chime in with their opinions of the characteristics of a true friend. Some of the answers included: "Trust," "Respect," "Dependable." After hearing from Coach Ridder, two members of the Men's Basketball team followed up with a short talk with the students. Mrs. Forough B. Hosseini, founder and chair of FBH, and Mrs. Maurie Johnson, wife of ERAU President Dr. John Johnson, joined students in the stands to hear the important words from Coach Ridder and his team. Several school principals also attended, marking the importance of such a special event to their students in need.
Before tip-off, the Eagles Booster Club generously provided a delicious dinner of pizza, drinks and homemade sweets for the attendees.
After dinner, the students, who proudly wore their new, red Kids Zone / Teen Zone t-shirts, settled into their seats for a game dominated by the Eagles. They cheered their team on and were even invited to participate in some of the time-out / half time festivities including a shooting contest and a "find Ernie" game.
Not only did our FBH students get to take away wonderful memories of a fun night, but they also got to take home Embry Riddle basketballs. They represented an ideal souvenir of a memorable experience which showcased sportsmanship, discipline, humility and strong character.
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