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March 16, 2001

John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awarded to Hampton University Student from Richmond Hts.


Scholarship Presentation at Gund Arena: Jim Boland (Cavs/Gund Arena), Aprile Pritchet (Recipient), Joanna McLendon, Laurie Garrison (NACDA)
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN Regional Television and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) will present the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship to a student pursuing a graduate degree in athletics administration. The $15,000 scholarship will be awarded to Aprile Pritchet at the Cavs vs. New York game on Tuesday. March 20 at Gund Arena.

Ms. Pritchet will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Hampton University in Virginia this May. The National Association of Sport and Physical Education recently named her the Sports Management Major of the Year at Hampton. The honor recognizes her academic achievements and leadership skills.

The scholarship is in honor of the late John McLendon, who was a pioneer for African- American athletics administrators. A 1936 graduate of Kansas, \V ho attended classes taught by basketball's inventor, Dr. .Tames Naismith, McLendon won three NAJA national titles as the head basketball coach at Tennessee State. His career eventually led him to Cleveland where he became professional basketball's first black head coach. He took the reins of the ABL' s Cleveland Pipers in 1962, and three years later he became head basketball coach at Cleveland State University. McLendon died on October 8, 1999.

To qualify for scholarship consideration, candidates must be a resident of Northeast Ohio and have full-time status as a senior at the time of nomination. They are also required to have a minimum grade point average of3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale), be officially classified as a minority as defined by federal guidelines, have an intention to attend graduate school to earn a degree in athletics administration, and be involved on the college/university or community level.

Ms. Pritchet has excelled academically while maintaining a busy schedule as a varsity cheerleader: a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and coach of a girl's youth basketball team among many other activities.

She graduated from Richmond Hts. High School in 1997. Her parents, Dale and Mary Pritchet live in Richmond Hts. She has a brother, Kenneth Bradley and sister, Shari.

Contact: Phyllis Salem
 Cavs/Gund Arena Co.
  216-420-2231