SAT. JULY 15TH FROM 2 to 3 PM
International Conference Brings 15,000 Attendees To Tampa For
86 th Grand Chapter Meeting, Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity Inc.
At the start of its 86 th Grand Chapter Meeting, Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity Inc.
and its Foundation will award the new Skills Center Collaborative (located at5107 North 22nd Street, Tampa ) with its Community Award honoring the sport-based youth development nonprofit organization.
The $80,000 award will be used to support educational programs including tutoring, ACT and SAT preparation along with homework assistance for an additional 150 students in Hillsborough County.
The fraternity’s Tampa, Florida Alumni Chapter will continue the partnership with The Skills Center Collaborative and mentor young Black men in the East Tampa Community.
The international conference will attract more than 15,000 members of the fraternity to the Tampa Bay metro area for a weeklong conference. The Skills Center Collaborative will open an innovative facility in early 2024 that will serve 3,500 youth and create 180 jobs in the East Tampa community. The facility will include education and workforce training rooms, a health and nutrition
demonstration kitchen, a gymnasium with 3 courts, eports/ STEM arena along with office and event space.
4 nonprofits – CDC of Tampa, GEMS, G3 and Men of Vision, will join The Skills Center in the facility to create upward economic mobility for young people ages
Guest speakers include: Reuben Shelton, Kappa Alpha Psi International Polemarch (President) Collis Ivery, Kappa Alpha Psi Tampa Alumni Chapter Polemarch (President) Gary Hartfield, Skills Center Board Member & Kappa Alpha Psi member Gwen Myers, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Jackson, Tampa Alumni Guide Right Foundation Chairman & Kappa Alpha Psi member Ernie DuBose, DuCon Construction & Kappa Alpha Psi member___
About The Skills Center
The Skills Center, created in 2007, is a sport-based youth development nonprofit (501c3) that intentionally utilizes athletics as the mechanism to create change through academic support, life skills, mentoring, and health & fitness for youth ages 3-18 in Tampa Bay. Using sports as a powerful learning tool, youth learn how to transfer and apply the skills learned naturally through sports to other
environments in their lives, such as at school, home, and work.
About Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Incorporated (ΚΑΨ®) is a historically African American Greek-letter organization. Since the fraternity founding on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, the fraternity has never restricted membership on the basis of color, creed or national origin. The fraternity has over 250,000 initiated members with 643 active undergraduate and alumni chapters across the United States, and international chapters in Abu Dhabi UAE, Canada, Germany, South Korea, Japan, US Virgin Islands, Nigeria, South Africa, the Grand Bahamas, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Bermuda. The Tampa Alumni Chapter is celebrating 95 years in serving the local Tampa Bay community.