The LeBron James Family Foundation is teaming up with a legendary local golf tournament.
LeBron's non-profit is linking up with the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational.
"LeBron's an Akron institution, and so is the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone,"
says Bridgestone Invitational executive director Don Padgett, "so we felt it made a lot of sense for the two organizations to get together...so we're excited."
Padgett says that it's not just about $50,000 pledge to the foundation...it's about kids getting involved in the tournament....with events both before the tournament and the
"The kids will be out there, they'll get to experience the tournament, behind the scenes tour", Padgett tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "maybe try a shot at our Green Monster Challenge, it's a replica of Firestone's signature 16th hole."
Other youth oriented charities that have benefitted from the tournament include Akron Children's Hospital and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.
One of the more notable names coming out in the 2016 NFL draft is former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones, who many predict will have success on the next level as he learns the pro game.
His high school coach, Ted Ginn Sr. joined the Average Sports Show to speak with Brad about his former QB and what road he took to get to where he is today.
Ginn said he took a great deal of pride in helping Jones and other young people achieve their goals.
"Anytime I see one of them (students, student-athletes) reach that goal they always wanted it makes my job that much more important," Ginn said.
Jones led OSU to the National Championship two years ago as a third-string quarterback and coach Ginn says ever since he was young, he always worked to prove doubters wrong.
The Syracuse Orange will prepare to face the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four Saturday, and for the men's basketball team, it wasn't an easy road to Houston.
Matt Schneidman from the Daily Orange, the student-run newspaper at Syracuse University joined the Average Sports Show Tuesday to talk about how they will be facing their ACC compatriots in the Final Four as a #10 seed, something that a lot of fans in central New York did not think was even possible with the suspension of their head coach and the slow start to the season.
Coach Jim Boeheim missed the first 9 games of the season due to suspension, but his presence around the team when he came back and his ability to get the most out of his players put the Orange in a position to inch one step closer to their ultimate goal, which is of course, the national championship.
The NCAA Tournament has had some major storylines, upsets, and big-time players, but after all the madness, the Final Four is set for this weekend ahead of the National Championship Game.
Shelby Mast from BracketWAG.com and USA Today bracketologist joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about Oklahoma, Syracuse, Villanova, and North Carolina being one step closer to their ultimate goal.
When talking about the Sooners of Oklahoma, one of the stars of the tournament is Buddy Hield, the sharpshooting guard that's got Lon Kruger's squad thinking national championship.
"He's got the body, the smarts, and the game to be a solid NBA player," Mast said. "I don't think he'll be a superstar, but many people said the same thing about Steph Curry when he came out of Davidson and made a splash in the tournament," Mast said.
On Saturday, the Sooners will take on Villanova, while North Carolina and Syracuse will meet up in the other half of the bracket.
With the 2016 NFL Draft being just 29 short days away, the ongoing debate remains: Who will the Browns select with the #2 overall pick?
DJ Boyer from Draftsite.com joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the possibilities, who the Browns will go with at either #2 or #32 in the first round, and who will the Tennessee Titans take with the first overall selection.
Boyer says North Dakota State's Carson Wentz and California's Jared Goff are the two top targets at the quarterback position. He says that even though the Browns signed former Washington signal-caller Robert Griffin III last week, having that franchise quarterback is a part of their long-term plans, something that is not certain for Griffin's future.
Boyer also broke down the draft needs for the AFC North, saying the Bengals need to look at reciever, and one that comes to mind is former Notre Dame wideout Will Fuller.
"At the wide receiver position, there's not another player that improved his stock more in the combine than Will Fuller," Boyer said. "He has all the tools, he just needs the consistency and can live up to that #24 overall billing."
He has the Pittsburgh Steelers going with Mackensie Alexander out of Clemson going to them at #25 to shore up that secondary.
The Browns have another quarterback on the roster, and Robert Griffin III is his name. After much talk and rumor the last few days, the former Baylor star is in the fold.
Andrea Hangst from the Orange and Brown Report and Scout.com spoke with Brad Russell about the move to bring in the veteran QB.
When asked about how RGIII and Hue Jackson are going to coexist, Andrea was optimistic about the process, saying the two men will work well together because they believe in each other.
"One of the few things he's needed is a coach that truly believes in him, he didn't really get that with Shanahan in Washington, and he never felt that with Jay Gruden, so it's going to be a better environment when he's playing for a guy who wanted him and wanting to resurrect his career," Hangst explained.
Former Heisman winner and #2 overall pick in the 2012 draft Robert Griffin III will be a member of the Cleveland Browns after four up-and-down years in the nation's capital with the Redskins.
Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined Sam Bourquin Thursday to talk about the move and what it means for the Browns moving forward and the need to still draft a QB in the April draft.
Looking at the Browns' needs, especially at the quarterback position, Petrak says while he doesn't hate the move, he thinks it's good in the short-term for the team's success moving forward.
''It shouldn't keep them from drafting a quarterback at #2, that should be priority #1," he said.
Griffin signed a 2-year deal Thursday afternoon. In his conference call with the media earlier that afternoon, he said he'd be happy to take a young signal caller under his wing, if that was his role with the Browns.
After much speculation and chatter, Robert Griffin III is now a Cleveland Brown.
The former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback out of Baylor is now in the 216 after four years in Washington, and is looking for a career revival in Cleveland.
Steve Doerschuk from the Canton Repository spoke with Sam Bourquin on Thursday just shortly after the news broke out.
Steve says he's confident that new Browns coach Hue Jackson can get Griffin to be a solid quarterback.
"If RGIII is to be restored, Hue Jackson is the guy who can do it," Doerschuk said.
Griffin made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year of 2012 and led Washington to a playoff appearance that year before various injuries took their toll.
It remains to be seen if the Browns will spend their #2 overall pick on a quarterback, but with many holes to fill, it's unclear what direction the Browns will go.
News reports that the University of Akron had the lowest enrollment totals of any school in the Mid American Conference are prompting reaction from UA officials.
The university claims the numbers that were used in the Beacon Journal story, which highlighted an enrollment drop of 3.2 percent over last Spring and drops in applicant ACT scores and grade point average, were out of date and misleading.
UA Associate Dean Lauri Thorpe focused on comparing numbers to 2012 in an interview with WAKR's Jasen Sokol. That's when the university ended its open enrollment policy in favor of more selective requirements. She says the university expected to take an enrollment hit at that time.
"You're admitting fewer candidates, it's more selective, it's automatically going to be more of a hit," Thorpe tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol.
When compared to 2012 numbers, UA is up significantly in total applications and admissions and has also seen slight increases in average GPA and ACT scores. But when compared to last year's numbers, the university has fallen in applications, admissions, and the GPA and ACT scores of the full applicant pool.
While GPA for applicants fell slightly, the GPA for students admitted to UA for the Fall semester have risen slightly from 3.32 last year to 3.3 this year. ACT averages for those admitted have fallen from 22.5 to 22.3.
The university has also received a lot of negative press over the last year, and Thorpe admits that could have an impact on enrollment.
"Although the applicant pool and the admit pools are strong, albeit a little bit smaller, though still stronger than two years ago, which was a great entering class," Thorpe says, "our confirmations are still running behind."
Thorpe says the university benefits from a selective student pool.
"It's great to have a robust, solid application pool," Thorpe says, "from which to then work through the enrollment funnel as we admit students."
Overall enrollment is down roughly 1,000 students.