Baltimore Raven Anquan Boldin is at it again this season and not on the football field.
Boldin along with the Anquan Boldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation) and Florida Crystals Corporation – the parent company of American Sugar Refining (Domino Sugar) – have partnered for the second consecutive year to host the Q81 Summer Enrichment Program in Boldin’s hometown.
The eight-week program completed on August 10, garnered significant results: 30 high school students at Everglades Preparatory Academy in Pahokee increased their grade point averages and four student-athletes earned a 2.0, clearing their eligibility to participate in sports during the Fall semester.
The Q81 Summer Enrichment program, consisting of a classroom, computer-based credit recovery program, followed by daily recreational activities, was offered free to students.
“We are proud to learn the results earned by the students, where their GPA has increased,” said Anquan Boldin, Pro Bowl professional football player, Baltimore Ravens receiver and native of Pahokee, FL. “We want the students who need the extra help to have it without being held back a school year. If the students work diligently through the program, they have the opportunity to complete coursework, while increasing their grades. We want to continue creating positive programs such as this one for years to come.”
The Q81 Summer Enrichment Program has provided the opportunity to take one or two courses, depending on their need. Following the morning credit-recovery curriculum, students had a variety of activities, including popular guest speakers, classroom discussions, college visits and field trips that had taken the students outside of the rural area. The 2012 Program travelled to a Miami Marlins game, Palm Beach State College, CBS News 12 station and Universal Studios Orlando.
“Everglades Preparatory Academy strives to provide its students with the most comprehensive and quality educational opportunities possible,” said Emilia Fanjul, founder and chairwoman of the board of Everglades Prep. “We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Anquan Boldin Foundation and Florida Crystals for a second year to offer unique summer enrichment courses to our high school students, free of charge.”
The collaboration between the Anquan Boldin Foundation and Florida Crystals, a Palm Beach County-based sugar producer and joint-owner of American Sugar Refining and its Domino Sugar refinery in Baltimore, was established in April 2011 to support the educational and developmental programs for youth and families in the small communities of western Palm Beach County, where the sugar company has a majority of its Florida operations.
The Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Anquan Boldin Foundation aka Q81 Foundation, established in 2004, is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore and Boldin’s home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has a seven-year history of helping after-school programs. The Foundation exercises scholarship and dental programs for children. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth. The Q81 Foundation holds annual holiday shopping spree events and Thanksgiving meals as well as the annual Q-Festival Weekend in April. For more information please visit www.Q81.org.