Top volunteer inspired girls to achieve Agency honors man for Cherry Hill work

September 25, 1997|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

Inspiring young Cherry Hill girls to get better grades with sports trophies and other athletic rewards has made Dwayne E. White the year's top volunteer in the view of a city agency, Neighbors United.

White, 39, executive director of Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Maryland Chapter, five years ago helped found The Cherry Hill Initiative's girls' fall volleyball league and a winter basketball league.

"We decided to put more emphasis on academics than sports, use sports to do it and do it for girls -- there was enough sports already for boys," said White, the leagues' commissioner, and coach of the Arundel Elementary School team.

Since then, 300 girls playing in a league of four elementary schools -- Cherry Hill, Arundel, Patapsco and Carter G. Woodson -- have received medallions, trophies and sneakers, along with jackets that read "Academic Achievement" or "Outstanding Academic Achievement."

The awards are not for scoring points or winning games but for making good grades and the honor roll. The sports results are incidental.

"The best marks are rewarded," said White, who still lives in Cherry Hill. "One year, a volleyball team that was in last place won the best team trophy for having the most ['excellents'] on report cards."

Further, "The grades have gone up," said Angela Lewis, assistant principal of Arundel Elementary, 2400 Round Road. "One of the stipulations is that the girls do well in school and are rewarded when they're on the honor roll.

"Dwayne's a real asset to our school and our community," she said. "The girls are excited about the program. They hardly miss a practice."

White has organized camps at Coppin State College to build confidence and self-esteem among children with sickle cell anemia, and science and sports camps for all children, at Morgan State University.

He was one of 33 volunteers or groups named by Daniel P. Henson III, commissioner of the city's Department of Housing and Community Development, as "Baltimore's Most Beautiful People" for "their kind deeds and generous spirit."

The awards were presented Tuesday at the Baltimore Rowing and Water Resource Center, 3301 Waterview Ave.

Dorothy M. Jordan, citywide coordinator for Neighbors United, 2330 St. Paul St., part of the department's Division of Human Services, said "These 33 are examples of thousands of city people taking time out of their busy schedules to help others. Coming to the aid of others makes Baltimore a better place to live."

Also honored were Wallace E. Gladden, a student who worked this summer at the Northwest Neighborhood Service Center, 3939 Reisterstown road; Victory Outreach, a nonprofit group at 2437 W. Baltimore St., which counsels chemically dependent people; and Stroehmann Bakeries Inc., which donates food weekly to the needy in Northwest Baltimore.

Others named were John Balicki, Josephine Battaglia, Mary E. Battle, Jean Booker, Delores Boone, Anibal A. Brisueno, Doris Coleman, Henrietta Diggs, Ronald Holden, Dolly Jefferson, Doris Johnson and Walter Kijowski.

Also, Kathleen Kotarba, Michael Kotarba, James Lee, Lorraine Lucas, Edwin McClain, Eugene S. Nardone, Helen Quill, Adell Reddon, Doris Roper, Sandra Saunders, Arzalia L. Spady, Eleanor Taylor, and Keon Briggs.

Other community and business groups honored were Hampden Family Center, Harwood Community Association, The Greater Grace World Outreach and Holly Poultry Inc.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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