The VIPP Report: Summer Olympics maybe over for the athletes but the eLearn Olympic scholars prepare for medal ceremony and celebration


elearn-LOGO-REVISEDLouisville Central Community Centers (LCCC) will host their Summer eLearn Olympics celebration at 11am on Saturday, September 24, 2016 to recognize nearly 80 medalists and their supporters. Our scholars will be presented with gold, silver or bronze medals and other prizes for their achievements using Study Island, a technology-based system that supports the local school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative. Schools and community organizations who support student achievement will also be recognized. Currently, there’s 1,300 participants in the eLearn Olympics program.

eLearn Olympics was created in 2013 by LCCC as an initiative to celebrate academic achievements of students grades K-12. LCCC’s President, Kevin Fields says “It’s exciting that at this of year everyone is in the Olympic spirit. We cheered on all of the Team USA but we kept a close eye on 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry. The former University of Louisville star and WNBA all-star is a great supporter of the program and visits our youth when she’s in Louisville to motivate the eLearn Olympic team.”

In eLearn Olympics, students win prizes and gain public distinction for completing online, skill-building lessons in Study Island. This program is geared toward helping students achieve proficiency in their common-core academic skill areas that are part of Kentucky Department of Education curriculum standards. eLearn Olympics offers annual recognition for participation and achievement in extracurricular academic programs.

A complete list of our event’s honorees is attached. JCPS Diversity Coordinator Delquan Dorsey, JCPS Board Member Diane Porter, Gheens Foundation CEO Barry Allen and representatives of the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation will join LCCC in honoring these students and their families. The public is invited to attend the celebration on Saturday, September 24, from 11:00-12:00 am at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd (40203), in the Atrium Room.


About Louisville Central Community Centers

LCCC is headquartered in Louisville, KY, at 13th Street and West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the Russell neighborhood. LCCC is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organization that is governed by an independent, volunteer Board of Directors. LCCC offers a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Early childhood education, youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, money management and home ownership are just some of the services provided. Sam Watkins, Jr. is the president and CEO of LCCC.

About eLearn Olympics

Founded by LCCC with support from the Gheens Foundation, JCPS and other sponsors, eLearn Olympics is a set of academic competition events that incentivize and reward student achievement in areas of reading, mathematics, science & social studies. Now with over 1400 enrolled members, eLearn Olympic sparks a spirit of pride among students, parents, schools and community-based learning places by providing opportunities for educational competition, academic skill development and public recognition. Students can earn public distinction as gold, silver or bronze medalists in a variety of academic performance categories. For more information visit or call (502) 583-8821.

Watkins poses with Olympian Medalist




The VIPP Report: WNBA Allstar Angel McCoughtry Will Play In The KFC Yum! Center



(Louisville, KY)  Current WNBA Atlanta Dream star, Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the top scorers in the University of Louisville basketball program returns to play as a professional in front of the fans who supported her collegiate career.

The WNBA franchise The Atlanta Dream will host the 2015 Atlanta Dream Classic on Saturday, May 23rd in Louisville, Ky at the KFC Yum! Center.  The preseason exhibition game will feature a doubleheader, which will match the Indiana Fever versus the Connecticut Sun at 5:00 p.m. before the Dream and Washington Mystics play at 7:00 p.m.

We are currently accepting interview and appearance requests for Angel from May 20th to May 23rd.   To schedule an interview please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at

Twitter: @Sherlenemediapr @VIPPComm

The VIPP Report: Former WNBA legend & Louisville native Kym Hampton appears on new reality show


The VIPP Report: Louisville native, former WNBA star and current New York Liberty Fan Development Leader Kym Hampton can add reality show star to her resume.  She will be apart of “Mom’s Got Game” starting tonight, January 18th at 10:00 p.m. on the OWN Network.

Hampton says the show is about family, love, basketbal, real life issues, good times and you know me its comedy driven.  I was able to get in touch with Hampton.  I wanted to know more about the show and her role.  Hampton tells me “the show is about my girl Pamela McGee who is highly accomplished and SUPER strong-willed.  Pam is trying to help her son (NBA star JaVale McGee) stay on the straight and narrow as a rich, young celebrity.  Back in the day, we battled on the court uring college and our professional years.  We were tough down lowbut morphed into GLAMAZONS after the game.  Life took us on our separate journeys but has now has circled back.  I feel like this is our time to focus on us again…we just have to convince Pam!”

Hampton played basketball at Iroquois High School in Louisville then went onto Arizona State University on a full scholarship.  After her collegiate career she was drafted 4th overall in the 1997 WNBA draft by the New York Liberty.  Kym played in the league’s inaugural game and scored the first basket.  She started every game of her three seasons.  She also played in Spain, Italy, Japan and France.

Hampton is an original Cover Girl model for Queen Latifah’s Queen Collection.  You can catch her from time to time still on the basketball court, not playing but singing the National Athem.  She used her theatre degree from Arizona State to be apart of several films and television shows such as the “Cosby Show”, “Thrown Down” hosted by Bobby Flay, “JuWanna Mann” and “She Hate Me”.

Hampton says you don’t want to miss it because its guaranteed to make you laugh.  “Mom’s Got Game” airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. on the OWN Network.  Hampton will be tweeting live so you can follow her @KymHampton.

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