This past July, the Drew League Foundation hosted its 10th Annual gala and scholarship awards ceremony at the Proud Bird in Los Angeles. Over 200 attendees raised money for scholarships to current high school seniors in the South L.A. community. Seven students received $2,000 scholarships as they prepare for the upcoming fall semester at their desired universities.
“The Drew League is the centerpiece of everything because it’s 45 years old now,” Dino Smiley, co-founder of the Drew League Foundation, told the Los Angeles Sentinel at the event. “We were always doing things to try to help at-risk youth at the Drew, which attracts a lot of people. Now we’re trying to inspire them through celebrating their educational pursuit towards continued excellence in the classroom.”
Former Drew League Foundation recipients have gone on to graduate from prestigious colleges and universities like Georgetown, Howard University, USC, UCLA, UC Irvine and Long Beach State University. Casper Ware Jr., a current member of the BB4L Drew League team, is a Drew League Foundation alumnus who graduated from Long Beach State.
The foundation also introduced a new scholarship to honor the Baxter brothers, Christopher, 26, and Jonathan, 23, who lost their lives last November in a triple-fatal collision in Los Angeles. The Baxter brothers, who played six seasons at the Drew League, were beloved by the summer pro-am community.
Former NBA player Baron Davis, who directed the Drew League Documentary in 2015, donated $25,000 to the event.
For more information, visit drewleaguefoundation.org.