Friday, October 19, 2012

Team Sage's Rise Above The Rim event

R i s e A b o v e t h e R i m ! Incorporating Academic and Social Accountability with Organized Sports
SACRAMENTO, CA - Team SAGE: Scholar Athletes Globally Emerging will host its third annual educational clinic for amateur athletes at the State Capitol, Saturday, October 20, 2012. “This year, our focus will be encouraging participants to explore life without reservations; learning the importance of team collaboration, and the art to conversing with the media,” stated Wornel Simpson, CEO and Team SAGE Founder.

WHO: Team SAGE (Scholar Athletes Globally Emerging) is a Sacramento-based, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
basketball-scholar program that has earned national and international recognition in the AAU arena because of its focus on academic achievement and social accountability.

WHEN: Saturday - October 20, 2012; 9 a.m. – Noon

WHERE: The State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814 Committee Room 126

MEDIA VISUALS: (Team Sage Short Film) (

Workshops & Presenters

“Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor,” -- Bill Herenda, Executive Director, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Sacramento

Since 1998, PCA has been committed to providing youth athletes a positive, character-building sports experience, and has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops to a combined 675,000 plus, youth and high school coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders nationwide. Bill Herenda is the Executive Director of PCA Sacramento and is a key member of the 1988 NCAA DII National Championship UMass-Lowell basketball team. Bill serves as color analyst on ESPNU, the UC Davis radio network, Comcast Hometown Network, and as an on-air contributor to sports talk radio. In the community, Bill is an alumnus of Leadership Sacramento and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s premier program for leaders. Triple Impact Competitor is an interactive workshop that will teach participants a three-level strategy to elevating their game by improving oneself, teammates and honoring the game as a whole. Participants will also receive a copy of the book “Elevating Your Game, Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor” by PCA Founder Jim Thompson.

“Lights, Camera and Athletes,” -- Leticia “Tish” Palamidessi, Sacramento News 10 Traffic Anchor & Producer
Born and raised in Sacramento, Tish Palamidessi has been with the Sacramento ABC affiliate, News10, since May of 2008. Before joining News10 as a fill-in Traffic Anchor and producer, Tish could be heard on several radio stations throughout the valley reporting news, traffic, and weather updates through the Sacramento-based Metro Networks, Inc.

In her workshop “Lights, Camera and Athletes,” Tish will coach participants on establishing a healthy relationship with the media and the key to mastering post-game interviews with poise, confidence, and competency.

WHY: Statistics show when youth are unsupervised during the time period immediately after school, they have a greater likelihood of becoming involved in vandalism, gang violence, drugs and other mischievous and illegal activities. These problems are magnified in disadvantaged urban communities. “An at-risk child becomes an at-risk adult”.

Team SAGE is a program constructed to propel Sacramento-area youth to a higher level of educational ownership and civic responsibility, as well as enhance their athletic talents resulting in intellectually prepared student-athletes.

Each year workshop participants gain a better understanding of the issues that help or hinder talented young athletes and leave with a renewed sense of commitment to the SAGE mission “to create an educational experience embodying the principles of sound mind and sound body, by incorporating academic and social accountability with organized sports”.

History: Founded in 2009, Team SAGE, Inc. through its strategic partnerships provides scheduled tutoring sessions, mentoring opportunities, college tours, specialized athletic training activities, counseling and high level sports competition for SAGE scholar-athletes and affiliates.

Team SAGE served as the model program for a Team SAGE-Salvation Army joint venture coined “Project Tip-Off”. The program, funded by the City of Sacramento Youth Services Dept. provided tutoring services and college preparation for over 350 kids in several multi-family housing areas of Sacramento, including Oak Park, G Parkway and Meadowview. Academic support including but not limited to professional tutoring and SAT preparation was provided. Community service activities, health and nutrition education, college recruiting support, competitive AAU basketball team participation, sports camps, basketball clinics and other activities comprised the remainder of the program.

This event is sponsored in part by: Wornel Simpson, CARES (Center for AIDS Research Education & Services), Debbie Manning, Glenn A. Middleton, DDS, Olsen & Fielding Moving Co., PG&E, RCP-Sacramento, Sacramento High School-Varsity Basketball Team, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity‐Gamma Epsilon, Target Excellence, and Wells Fargo.

For those coaches and teams interested in attending, please contact Velessata Kelley at 916-837-8614

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