LOS ANGELES -- Former LSU women’s basketball standouts Sylvia Fowles and Temeka Johnson have made another difference in the community by donating $5,000 to H.O.P.E. (Heaven Opens People’s Eyes) to help initiate the new Jewel Johnson H.O.P.E. Teacher Scholarship program.
H.O.P.E. is the foundation created by Johnson to help provide programming, resources and awareness for underserved communities.
As former teammates at LSU, “Meek” and “Big Syl” continue to demonstrate the teamwork and passion that they both exhibited in college.
“Sylvia’s contribution means so much to me,” said Johnson. “My grandmother meant so much to so many people as a school teacher, and it means a lot that Sylvia is helping me in my quest to develop the scholarship in my grandmother’s honor. She has cared for, educated and touched so many people’s lives and I want to do all in my power to continue her great legacy. I just want to say thank you to Syl, as this will go a long way in helping to create more and more teachers for our children.”
Fowles turned in a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds as the United States defeated the Czech Republic, 97-57, to open Olympic play in Beijing on Saturday.
“Ms. Mae lived a great life, and was a mentor and teacher to all of us,” said Fowles. “It is an honor to provide this donation to H.O.P.E. and to Meek, because I believe in what she is doing with H.O.P.E. I know that it will go a long way in establishing many more teachers like Ms. Mae. She was like a grandmother to me and always made me feel like one of her grandchildren. Ms. Mae, H.O.P.E. and Meek are an inspiration to all of us.”
“There are two words that we worked hard to develop as mantras in the LSU women’s basketball program,” said LSU associate head coach Bob Starkey. “One is ‘TEAM’ and the other is ‘LEGACY’. Without question, Sylvia’s donation to Temeka’s foundation shows that these two have continued the ‘team’ concept well beyond their Lady Tiger careers. Temeka’s foundation speaks to her commitment to ‘legacy’ and her desire to give back. I am extremely proud of them both!”
Jewel Johnson helped educate students for 33 years as a dedicated Teacher’s Assistant in the Louisiana school district. Having last taught at Washington Elementary in Kenner, La., Jewel Johnson was a pillar in the New Orleans community. H.O.P.E. will be launching the scholarship program this year, which will be open to Louisiana residents and those students attending a Louisiana college or university.
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