Senator Tim Scott Talks New Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Communities of Color

first_imgBy Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFRO“If there is no succession plan, there will be no success.” U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) said at a moderated session during a Washington, D.C. stop of his National Opportunity Tour on April 25 at the Washington Court Hotel.  The session was moderated by national syndicated news columnist, Raynard Jackson.The National Opportunity Tour has taken the Republican Senator around the country hosting conversations with local and state leaders. The focus of these dialogues has been The Investing in Opportunity Act, a bipartisan bill Senator Scott led last year.Senator Tim Scott and columnist Raynard Jackson at the D.C. stop for the National Opportunity Tour.The bill was recently included in a tax reform law signed by President Donald Trump in 2017. Other bill co-sponsors include: Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Congressmen Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ron Kind (D-WI) on the House version.The Opportunity Act aims to incentivize long-term investment in distressed communities, often made up of people of color. According to Senator Scott’s description during the session, tax incentives (part of the capital gains tax) will be given to participants for up to 10 years.  The bill creates new ways for small businesses and entrepreneurs to support infrastructure projects and initiatives in distressed communities making them “Opportunity Zones.”When describing why he introduced the bill, Senator Scott pointed to his upbringing. “Living in a single-parent household in distressed communities all of my childhood really helped me understand and appreciate why it is important to track opportunities into the zones,” Senator Scott told the crowd.“So many times too many of our young folks have amazing potential, amazing power and yet they are under the radar consistently because opportunities have not descended upon their neighborhoods,” Scott continued. “I wanted to find a way to target these areas.”During the event, Senator Scott mentioned that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan supports the Opportunity Zones program.  A spokesperson from the governor’s office told the AFRO, “this nationwide program will help grow businesses, revitalize communities and create jobs throughout the state, especially in places that need them the most. The Opportunity Zones are yet another tool we can use to show that Maryland is open for business.”According to Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland was entitled to nominate 149 low-income census tracts as opportunity zones.  According to an April 2018 press release, once the U.S. Treasury has approved Maryland’s Opportunity Zone nominations, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer the program with support from the Maryland Department of Commerce.When asked how attendees could help spread the word, Senator Scott pushed social media, email and constant communication with friends and colleagues. Several head nods from many in the 50-person crowd showed agreement.Senator Scott told the crowd, “This legislation can either be monumental for those who really need it, or just a good idea that never came [about].”The discussion was hosted by Republican 527 Super PAC Black Americans for a Better Future.last_img read more


Cardinals Finish Top Four in NCAA Helper Helper Team Works Challenge

first_imgPrint Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville athletics department finished fourth in the 2018 Fall NCAA Division I Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Challenge for its community outreach efforts.Louisville, which has ranked in the top five in service for five consecutive years, accumulated 3,503 service hours during the three-month competition which ran from September through November. All-girl cheer finished 13th overall in community service hours out of all Division I teams having completed 706 hours, averaging 14 hours per student-athletes. Lacrosse, softball & rowing also helped lead the way averaging 10 hours or more per student-athlete.NCAA Team Works, which coordinates community service efforts at NCAA championships, and Helper Helper, a volunteer management and tracking platform, launched the community service competition to recognize student-athletes who give back to their communities. Winning schools’ victories are decided based on the number of service hours completed and participation of student-athletes.This is the fifth annual NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition award, with all Divisions I, II and III participating schools combining for 173,820 hours of community service in 4,432 opportunities. NCAA Team Works is proud to honor student-athletes who are making a difference in their communities, contributing to their overall student-athlete experience, well-being and success while in college and after graduation.Louisville’s athletics teams partnered with 92 nonprofit organizations over the course of the semester including hosting events with St. Jude’s, Norton Children’s Hospital, American Heart Association and Metro Parks Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation.Individually, 112 Louisville student-athletes contributed at least 10 hours over the course of the semester.Louisville was one of two Atlantic Coast Conference schools in the top five, with Miami finishing third in the competition. The ACC finished as the top conference in service in Division I. Story Linkslast_img read more


Defending ACC Champions Announce 2019 Schedule

first_img Season Ticket Information The Cardinals kick off the regular season with a home tilt against Cleveland State August 30. The annual Battle for the Bluegrass takes place September 3 against Kentucky to wrap up the first homestand of the season. The regular season comes to a close when UofL hosts defending ACC Atlantic Division champion Wake Forest November 1. “We are extremely excited to officially release our 2019 schedule,” Hayden said. “We believe each of our 2019 opponents will present us with a different set of challenges which will better prepare us for postseason competition. Our ultimate goal is to bring championships here to Louisville and this schedule will allow us to grow into what we believe can be the best team in the country” The 2019 season will be the first under Hayden, who was named the head coach in December after serving as an assistant coach the previous three seasons for the Cardinals. UofL is coming off its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and 11th in the last 12 seasons, as the Cards earned the No. 4 national seed and won the program’s first Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship. Story Links For the latest on Louisville men’s soccer, visit, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLMensSoccer, Facebook /UofLMensSoccer, and Instagram @UofLMensSoccer. Prior to opening the regular season, Louisville will play three preseason matches. The Cardinals host Lipscomb, who advanced to the NCAA Third Round, August 16 and close out the preseason at Lynn Stadium on August 24 against UAB. Between the pair of home contests, the Cards face off against College Cup Semi-Finalist Indiana August 21 in Westfield, Indiana. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Under the direction of first-year head coach John Michael Hayden, the University of Louisville men’s soccer team released its 2019 schedule Friday, May 24. The lineup features 10 matches against 2018 NCAA Championship qualifiers, as well as two home exhibition matches and 10 regular season home contests at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. Coach Hayden has set up a challenging schedule for the Cards that includes six home matches against NCAA Qualifiers – Lipscomb, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, NC State, and Wake Forest. Season tickets for the 2019 campaign are on sale now and can be purchased here. September concludes with three straight home matches against NCAA Championship qualifiers in Virginia Tech (Sept. 20), Georgetown (Sept. 24), and NC State (Sept. 27). The Cardinals begin the month of October with a home contest against Belmont (Oct. 1), before heading out to face NCAA qualifier and ACC foe Virginia (Oct. 4), and wrapping up the road trip against Clemson (Oct. 11). 2019 SOCCER SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOWSeason tickets for the 2019 University of Louisville soccer season are on sale now. Reserved chairback tickets are priced at $106 for adults, $85 for faculty/staff, and $85 per ticket for families of four or more. General admission/berm seating is priced at $53 for adults and families of four or more $40 per ticket. Season tickets packages include all UofL men’s and women’s soccer regular season matches at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. For more information on Louisville soccer season tickets, visit, call 502-GO-CARDS, or email Print Friendly Version 2019 Schedule The road portion of the 2019 schedule begins with three straight matches against Florida Atlantic (Sept. 6) and USF (Sept. 9), before beginning ACC play at Syracuse on Sept. 13. Three straight home games against Northern Kentucky (Oct. 15), Boston College (Oct. 18), and Temple (Oct. 22) precede the final match of the month. The Cards wrap up their road schedule with a rematch of the 2018 ACC Championship game at North Carolina on October 25.last_img read more