Leaders In Training Sports Mentoring Program
Leaders In Training Sports Mentoring Program 

Program Advisors and Board of Directors

 

 

About the Urban Affairs Coalition:

 

The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues.  We are a Coalition of 55+ partner organizations, large and small, working on diverse issues that immediately affect communities. We strengthen nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship, capacity building, and program evaluation; improve life chances for youth and young adults; and provide economic opportunity to low-income households, working families, and disadvantaged businesses.  The Coalition shapes public policy and delivers programs that respond to urgent community needs. The problems we face are far too complex for one entity to solve on its own. Our deep community roots and strong linkages to public and private groups allow us to bring together a diverse set of resources around specific issues to drive change from the ground up. The Power of Coalition means that, together, we can accomplish what no one organization can do alone.

 

 

President:

Dr. Jillian Inge, Educator and former student-athlete, Dr. Jillian Inge has been teaching biology in the School District of Philadelphia for 18 years. An avid runner and former track coach, her passion for sports often come alive in the classroom as she applies the science of sports to the various science concepts

 

Vice President:

Ms. Renee Washington, Sports Reporter, Ms. Washington is a former three-time All-American Division 1 soccer player that now works as a sports reporter, actress, and model. She is currently an analyst and reporter with  ESPN Plus  covering men's and women's sports in the Ivy League as well as a team reporter for the Arena Football League working with the  Atlantic City Blackjacks . She also works for Fox Sports covering the  Washington Mystics and the Washington Wizards . She hosts  Beyond the Headlines with Renee Washington  on Fox Sports Radio 96.9FM/1340AM. Outside of broadcasting, she coaches youth soccer and models for Savage Series 

 

Chair:

Mr. Michael Poploski, Athletic Director, Mastery Charter Pickett, has been a Health and Physical education teacher at Mastery Charter schools for 10 years. He is also the Athletic Director of Mastery Charter- Pickett Campus. Michael has held that position for 8 years and is the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Athletic Association

 

Mr. Scott Charles, Trauma Outreach Coordinator and Director of the Cradle to Grave Program Temple University Hospital, Scott is the Trauma Outreach Coordinator for Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and is Director of TUH's Cradle to Grave Program, an award-winning hospital-based violence prevention initiative that illustrates the harsh realities of gun violence for public school students and adjudicated youth.

 

Paul D. Elcock, Esquire, Paul graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.Mr. Elcock hails from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. A High School Valedictorian, having completed Cambridge Advanced Level courses in French, Spanish and English Literature, he accepted a scholarship to come to the US & pursue/continue his studies abroad.  Mr. Elcock obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law.  Most recently, Paul has worked as co-counsel with the law firm Freundlich & Littman LLC where notably he recently successfully defended a client against the Philadelphia Water Department to a settlement amount of $20,000. Mr. Elcock focuses his practice on civil litigation matters, specifically in the areas of Landlord/Tenant disputes, Personal Injury matters, and Mortgage Foreclosure defense

 

 

Program Advisors 

Mr. Christopher Signil, Political Advocate, Author, Chris was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA (South Philly) in the late 70’s. He received his formative education from both private schools, and from the Philadelphia Public School system.

 

Mr. Troy Gore, Offensive Coordinator, Northeast High School, Coach Troy Gore joined the Vikings Varsity Football Team in 2018 and also serves as an Associate Minister at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. He’s been with Enon since 2006. Coach Gore was previous with Neumann-Goretti Catholic High School and served as former Head Coach for Delaware Valley Charter High School.

 

Dr. Mark Still, Adjunct Professor, Sport Management, Delaware State University

Dr. Still has been an instructor in the Sport Management department for 15 years. In his years of service in the department it has become a popular major for African American males (90% African American male). In his position it gives him a unique opportunity to not only educate and interact with African American males as an instructor but also as a mentor, brother, advisor (for academic/personal issues) and friend of their family.

 

Ms. Connie Grier, Social Justice Advocate, Educational Consultant, Parent Engagement &  Mentoring Specialist, Connie Grier has been professionally engaged in instruction and educational management within the public school arena for over 20 years as a student focused educational leader possessing a strong commitment to social justice, parental engagement, relationship building and the development of students and staff

 

Mr. Tremaine Johnson is CEO/ Founder of Build of Legacy Real Estate, Inc. and a licensed Delaware Realtor with PRS Real Estate Group, Tremaine graduated from Delaware State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications (2006) and a M.S. in Sports Management from St. John’s University (2010). After years of successful real estate sales, Tremaine decided to join PRS Real Estate Group in 2016. He founded Build A Legacy Real Estate, Inc. in 2017, which specializes in credit and financial counseling for clients.

 

 

Mr. Chris Murray, Adjunct English Professor and Freelance Sports Writer, The Philadelphia Sun, Chris has 30 years of experience as a print and broadcast journalist. He has been covering sports on a regular basis since 1994.  Throughout his career as a journalist, Murray has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, the NCAA Tournament, the NBA Playoffs and world championship boxing as well as other sporting events.  Outside of sports, he has covered the Michigan legislature and Washington, D.C. government.  Murray is currently a freelance writer with the Philadelphia Sunday Sun and covers both pro and college sports teams in Philadelphia. 

 

Paul Wright, Assistant Professor of English, Community College of Philadelphia, Paul is an Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he has taught since 1999. Before coming to Philadelphia, Professor Wright taught both in Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey.

 

 

Program Contributors 

 

Hampton University Athletics

The University of Pittsburgh Athletics

The Naval Academy Athletics

 

Dr. Susan Weinberger 

 

The Mentoring Independence Resource Center, Philadelphia

 

The WAWA Foundation

 

The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

 

Beauford Funeral Services

 

Riddell Sports

 

Mr. Dennis Jones

Director of Sports Information

Delaware State University Athletics

 

Dr. Mark Still

Delaware State University Athletics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia, PA  19107

 

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