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SPAAT’s 2019 OAKLAND ESPY AWARDEES

SPAAT's 6th Annual Oakland ESPY Awards Ceremony

SPAAT Announces The 2019 OAKLAND ESPY AWARDEES

A spat (common in sports, popularized by football) is an over-the-cleat ankle tape job that provides support to the ankle, allowing the player to better control his/her body movement and overall athletic performance.

Usually, it is part of the player’s ritual of “getting ready to play the game.” Just like the on the field “spat,” The Student Program for Academic & Athletic Transitioning (SPAAT) was created to provide student athletes with the support needed to be ready to play the game of life.

No matter what sport they play, the organization helps them SPAAT up for life!

And over the of June 1st weekend, SPAAT helped the kids go to their next steps with the 6th Annual ESPY awards ceremony. Designed to recognize, honor and support student-athletes in the Oakland school district, the ESPYs awards students for working as hard in the classroom as they do on the field of play.

At this weekend’s spectacular, SPAAT Co-Founder & CEO, Harold Pearson said, “It is a privilege to honor and celebrate the academic and athletic achievements of our Oakland student-athletes.”

StrapemUpSports sponsored the Marvel A. Smith lineman award and championship rings, at this years' ESPYs.

StrapemUpSports sponsored the Marvel A. Smith lineman award and championship rings, at this years’ ESPYs.

As a product of the OAL, I believe in giving back to student athletes of the league that helped shape me into the person I am today. The lessons learned during my time in the OAL, gave me the skills and work-ethic to get a college education scholarship and a 25-year career as a mental health clinician. I’ll always be in their debt.” Dave Hill, Founder, StrapemUpSports

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