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NBA star, Chris Paul walks with 2,500 people to an early-voting site at WSSU
From the Clock Tower to the early voting site at the Anderson Building, the 10-time NBA All-Star, and now Winston-Salem State student, Chris Paul joined the "March to Vote" on Winston-Salem's State University's campus, Tuesday.
Also in attendance were: Chancellor Robinson, Powerhouse Cheerleaders, The Red Sea of Sound, Congressional Candidate of the 6th district of N.C. Kathy Manning, Coach Cleo Hill Jr., and thousands of WSSU students with CDC compliant masks.
It's more important than ever to vote this coming election. North Carolina is considered a swing state or battleground state. In politics, this refers to any state that could reasonably be won by either the Democratic or Republican presidential candidate by a swing in votes.
On Friday, our Men's Basketball team met with the WSSU's EEO Investigators/Title IX/assistant coordinator, Mrs. Aniya Ward, to discuss title IX's importance. The training was for all student-athletes, regardless of classification. The training is completed annually to make sure our student-athletes are educated as much as possible on this topic. The session was completed in the Anderson Building to comply with social distancing rules and COVID-19 compliance.
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all members of the University community and an institutional environment free from unwelcome and unwarranted prohibited conduct. The university strongly condemns all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking offenses.
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We Are Now On The Clock
Well, early voting has started. We are NOW ON THE CLOCK. I am trying to do my part whenever and however I can. My immediate family has voted. My coaches have voted. Eighty percent of the WSSU Men's Basketball team has voted. Our managers and video staff will vote later next week. Although I will try, I know I can't convince everyone to vote. But, at least I can reach my inner circle. At least, I can ask my inner circle to reach out to their inner circle, and so on. WE are NOW ON THE CLOCK.
Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person voting.
North Carolina voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Thursday, October 15, 2020, to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
WSSU Athletics and Blue Cross NC Team Up to Deliver Over 1,200 Meals to Winston-Salem Residents
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Winston-Salem State University Department of Athletics (WSSU) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) have teamed up for a six-week outreach program to deliver professionally prepared meals to Winston-Salem residents in need.
"We are pleased to team with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina," said Etienne Thomas, WSSU Director of Athletics. "Too many of our neighbors are struggling right now. We hope these meals and additional support from our two organizations will provide some relief to some of those in our community who need it."
For six consecutive weeks, which began Oct. 8 and runs through Nov. 12, representatives from WSSU Athletics and Blue Cross NC will deliver fresh lunches, created and packaged by Jason's Deli, to residents having difficulty traveling to get meals.
"Improving food security is a huge focus for us at Blue Cross NC," said Cheryl Parquet, director of community engagement and marketing activation at Blue Cross NC. "We are proud to collaborate with Winston-Salem State University and provide nutritious meals for our neighbors in need."
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"I had a great time with our athletic department, on Thursday. Giving back must become contagious. Our community has embraced the staff, the team, and me from day number one. I have never seen a community embrace a University like this one. I am truly honored. We are a community of one as Rams!!!! - Cleo Hill Jr
An Important Day of Firsts on Campus
We just completed the official first day of practice for Men's Basketball. Keeping the theme of firsts, today was also the first day for early voting. Showing leadership and pride toward our school and community, our team decided to march from the legendary C.E. Gaines Center to the Anderson Center on campus. The march was used to bring awareness to the importance of the day.
As a coach, I am very proud that they decided to demonstrate as a team and extremely pleased the march was held on our historical campus. They were accompanied by Quamekia Shavers who is with the Young Adults Committee of the NAACP of Winston-Salem, and the Urban League.
Personally, my family and I look forward to voting next week in Whitsett, NC. # GoRams
NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees
Student-athletes have a voice in the NCAA through advisory committees at the campus, conference, and national level. Each committee is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on campus.
The mission of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committees is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
I participated in a group photo demonstrating SAFETY FIRST with the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committees last week. Each student-athlete in attendance was accompanied by his or her head coach. I was proud to participate and support the SAAC Committee as well as our Men's Basketball captain and champion, Jaylen Alston! #GoRams
Register to Vote!
Today, we registered to vote with the Winston-Salem State University Men’s Basketball team. A special thank you to Arnita Miles for alerting us of this important right and need. We are grateful to service constituents through this process. We also had the assistance of County Commissioner Fleming El-Amin. Candidates, you are welcome to any program we host. Our community enjoys your presence.
Elections are decided by the people who go out and vote. Take some time and learn about the measures and the candidates. If you don’t vote, someone else will decide for you. Your power is in your vote.
Honored, Humbled, and Blessed
The Minority Coaches Association (MCA) has recognized me for Coach of the Year. Minority Coaches Association (MCA) is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of ethnic minorities at all levels of sports both nationally and internationally. The organization is focused on improving the employment opportunities and professional development of ethnic male and female minority coaches in A.A.U, high school, collegiate, and professional sports. Today, they have announced me as one of their DII Basketball Coaches of the Year (19-20).
When honored with such a humbling award, I must acknowledge winning is never a one-person achievement. I have a great support system, and I don't want them to be unnoticed. My support system includes, but is not limited to my wife and kids, as well as the great staff at Winston-Salem State. The administration's support is unmatched in my coaching career. Our student body, faculty, alumni, and community all play a part in such an honor. I also have the greatest chancellor in the world in Chancellor Robinson, along with our new Athletic Director, A.D Thomas. All these factors go into such an award.
It's truly a blessing to have success in the seat where my mentor sat. But, it is even more of a blessing to have success on the campus my mother and late father met each other. I hope they are proud of our work. The support of my wife, 3 kids, my brother, and most definitely my mom...Eliza Ann Hill. Thank you all for the vote of confidence and support, especially the last five years. - Coach Cleo Hill
MCA ANNOUNCES DIVISION II BASKETBALL COACHES OF THE YEAR (2019-20)
The son of one of the most legendary players in school history, Hill, Jr. has wasted no time in creating a strong place of his own in the history of Rams basketball. In just two seasons with the Rams, Hill, Jr. led the team to its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship in eight years and a 31-25 overall record. In addition to the team’s tournament championship, the Rams also claimed a share of the 2019-20 CIAA Southern Division Championship. Along the way, he was named the 2019-20 CIAA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year and helped the team to rank seventh in the nation in scoring defense and first in the CIAA. He also led a pair of Rams to earn All-CIAA honors during his time. The Rams also made their first trip to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament since 2013. Before taking the reins of the WSSU program...
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A Full Week Of Team Meetings Concluded
Our team met with two influential people within Winston-Salem State University and Winston-Salem, NC. Deona Cureton-Summers leads the Winston-Salem State University's Office of Community Standards & Civility. As explained in our school's website, the office's mission is to educate students on the policies about conduct and their student rights. By educating students on the integrity and ethical standards of their community, it creates an environment for students to consider, in advance, the consequences of behavioral infractions, to accept responsibility for one's actions in and out of the university, create social justice advocates, and creates an environment for students to understand that they are more than just a student at WSSU, but a representation our community.
We also met with Winston-Salem State Unversity's Chief of Police, Amir Henry. This informative meeting included scenarios on and off-campus. What is the protocol if pulled over by city police? Are there different expectations if pulled over as a young black man? I'm not sure if there was anyone in the room that did not ask multiple questions, including the coaching staff.
Chief Henry oversees all law enforcement services, including 18 full-time, sworn police officers who provide services to the campus and university-owned properties 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Chief Amir Henry, a native of Bronx, N.Y., has more than 14 years of experience as a law enforcement officer and public servant in the state of North Carolina. He has served in various roles as a law enforcement officer throughout his professional career and has extensive knowledge in command level supervision, risk management, incident command center implementation, security threat groups training, and intelligence documentation.
We want to thank both professionals for sharing their knowledge, honesty, and passion during the meetings. We are blessed to have them as Ramily. - Cleo Hill Jr
Our Team's First Academic Meeting
Our Men's Basketball Team met with the Assistant Dean, Dr. Georgette Crawford-Crooks, and Executive Retention Advisor, Mrs. Vicki Grant. The meeting went very well. Both are the best at what they do. I'm more of a bystander during the academic meetings, focused on listening, instead of leading the group. I'm proud of the poignant questions posed by our players and how much they were engaged.
During this meeting, we established goals and set rules. Subtle changes to our academic structure will include more involvement by our coaching assistance. My coaches give so much of their time and effort to assure a top-notch program. I am blessed to have these men with me.
Awards on the court and off the court are our focus. If it's the CIAA Championship, the NCAA Championship, WSSU Athletic Department's Academic Award, or the CIAA Academic Award, it always has a home in our Men's Basketball offices. We are up for the challenge.
Our student-athletes have all the advantages. We have the best retention program in America, the most passionate academic/athletic leaders, devoted landmarks like the Student Success Center at Hill Hall, three floors dedicated to technology, and over fifty tutors available online or in-person.
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So, when you see our student-athletes walk across the stage during graduation, please remember everyone who had a hand in their academic success.
Tomorrow, our team meets with Chief Henry with Winston Salem state university campus police.
Our Team's First Rules and Regulations Meeting
The coaching staff addressed the 2020-21 Winston-Salem State Rams Men's Basketball Team for the first time this year. With our six newcomers and eight returning players, I feel that the meeting was solid. It was not the celebratory meet you may envision. Instead, we set and reset expectations, rules, and regulations. We also discussed items that needed immediate attention, like compliance, paperwork, and tuition. My assistant coaches were helpful during the meeting.
My gut feeling is this is a good group that understands handling business off of the court. Time will tell.
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Champions on the Court, Champions in the Classrooms
Next week marks our Men's Basketball team's first official meeting. It will be the first time the coaches, returning players, and recruits will be in the same room since we won the CIAA tournament championship. You have no idea how much I miss these players.
We were not able to have our 2020 end of the year sports banquet, but last week, the Men's Basketball team did receive more hardware in the form of the Chancellor's Academic Cup Award. Justin Ross (3.94 GPA) is the two-time defending champion for this prestigious award. I would also like to announce that the Men's Basketball team will actively pursue the WSSU Athletic Academic Award, and the CIAA's Team Academic Award. - Cleo Hill Jr
Hello Ramily and other important people who visit the website. Thank you for the emailed comments and questions. It's been a while since I have given thoughts. I will be updating everyone about the team and the Men's Basketball program, now that we are back in school and feel confident about having a season/defending our CROWN. That said, there is SO MUCH going on in the world right now. We are battling COVID 19, election day is approaching, and the fight against social injustice is going on all over the country. The postponement of the NBA season was a tremendous act. I am very proud of the players and coaches for their actions. I stand behind what the NBA offices, the National Basketball Players Association, Chris Paul, the WNBA, Major League Baseball, Professional Tennis, and the rest of the sports world in condemning the racial injustice, bigotry and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of color. We must ALL come together, work together, to be better, and to do better. - Cleo Hill Jr
WSSU's Justin Ross takes part in Election Day working at one of the voting sites
I can't say enough about my senior guard Justin Ross. Justin was out yesterday for election day as a judge at one of the polling places in Winston Salem. Justin is a young man that always goes above and beyond. He is one of those rare young men that come along every few years that really gets "IT". He always seems to understand when there is a bigger goal at hand. Young Ross was responsible for a few things yesterday: making sure ballots processed correctly as well as making sure the social distancing guidelines were followed as well assisting with curbside voters. He is definitely a pleasure to coach! He is always on time for events regardless of how big or small. Has assisted with tutoring as well as mentoring/working with some of the freshman players. You can mark it down in the books, this young man will be successful in ANY field he decides to enter in to. - Cleo Hill Jr.