After-School All-Stars Ohio Students Get Ultimate Sports Television Experience

CLEVELAND, OH –€“ After-School All-Stars Ohio (ASAS) students from the Columbus area Champion Middle School came to Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday, March 25th on the FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Fan Express to experience a behind-the-scenes career tour and enjoy the Cavs-Raptors game.

As part of ASAS National Initiative CEO program – €œ"Career Exploration Opportunities" FOX Sports Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers provided the students an inside look at the sports, television and events industry as they learned about a variety of careers is sports, event management, television production, and facilities management.

The Champion Middle School students rode in style from Columbus to Cleveland in the FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Fan Express. Prior to the Cavs-Raptors game at 7:00pm, the Cavs led the students on a facility tour of The Q. The kids also went behind the scenes in the FOX Sports Ohio production truck. Additionally, students had the experience of watching the players warm up from the arena floor.

"It is important that our students know that dreaming to be a professional athlete is great, but what happens after that? Or if that does not work out?"€ Aslyne Rodriguez, Co-Executive Director of After-School All-Stars Ohio stated. "€œThis shows students that you can be a part of the sports world even though it may not be as an athlete."

"€œIt is our privilege to partner with After-School All-Stars Ohio and support their mission to help children succeed in school and life,"€ said Francois McGillicuddy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports Ohio. "œWe are pleased to provide this experience to the students of Champion Middle School and give them a sense of what it’s like to work in the world of sports television."€

"œWe’€™re always very happy to extend the great partnership we have with FOX Sports Ohio into our community, especially when it benefits kids. The world of sports is dynamic with all sorts of opportunities off the court or playing field. We’€™re excited to host these middle schoolers for a fun night and hopefully help educate them about the numerous career possibilities they can begin to learn about and work towards on the business and broadcasting side of sports,"€ stated Tad Carper, Senior Vice President of Communications of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

About After-School All-Stars Ohio

ASAS provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. ASAS Ohio was established in 2000 and serves more than 2,000 students per year by partnering with public school districts and community organizations. In 2012, ASAS expanded its services to Dayton and Toledo, Ohio, making it the first chapter in the network to go statewide. Though the expansion, ASAS Ohio will be able to reach more of Ohio’s school children each year.