HBCU Simmons College Starts ‘No S.W.E.A.T’ Challenge
Simmons College of Kentucky is using its limelight of national attention to help change lives.
“Big doors swing on little hinges,” said college president Dr. Kevin Cosby. “And when we started the basketball program, I had no idea that something local would get so much national attention.”
An NBA TV story on Simmons College, (click here) put this HBCU on the map. But what happen after that was unexpected. Buzz Williams, the men’s basketball coach at Virginia Tech, was so moved by the story he promised to donate his tithe for the month of April to the college.
A tweet from Coach Williams reads:
Only want to help.
I didn’t give so the story would be about me, but to help those students.
Inspired by Rev Cosby & Coach Eaves leadership. https://t.co/wlad5xw6dm
— Buzz Williams (@TeamCoachBuzz) March 28, 2017
What Is No S.W.E.A.T
Dr. Cosby started the “No S.W.E.A.T” challenge to keep the momentum going after Williams announced his donation. And the title was inspired by Williams for a couple reasons.
“He is known for perspiring as he engages in coaching on the sidelines,” Cosby said. “But when he said he was going to make a donation to Simmons, there was no sweat. I mean, he did it effortlessly. He felt no pressure. He just, from his heart, felt like it was the right thing.”
Cosby explained S.W.E.A.T. is also an acronym for: Simmons Weaving Education and Athletics Together.
The S.W.E.A.T. challenge encourages coaches across the country to impact their own communities by donating to and supporting historically black colleges and universities.
“I want all the coaches to do something,” Cosby said. “Because if everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot. And we can make a tremendous difference.”
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