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AT KEAN UNIVERSITY UNION, NJ FRIDAY-SUNDAY JANUARY 3-5, 2014

The 11th Annual SFIC Basketball Festival This Year’s Lineup: SF

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ALSO INSIDE: This weekend’s previews, and information about the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children.

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SFIC and Investors Bank Welcome Fans

SFIC Board of Trustees Chairman Anthony M. Linn President, PERT Associates, Inc. Vice Chairman Mike O’Brien Partner, Deerhill Pond Investments Chairman Emeritus Joseph J. Oakes, III President, Acorn Financial Services, Inc. Board Secretary Frank D. Casciano, Esq. RPM Development Group, LLC Treasurer Brian D. McAuley Chairman, Imagine Tile, Inc.

Robert E. La Blanc President, R. E. La Blanc Associates, Inc. James J. Lee, III, President James J. Lee Investment Advisors LLC James P. McTernan Managing Director, Millenium Partners, LLC Rebecca Dwyer Morano Trustee, Dwyer Family Foundation Paula O’Toole Co-Chair, O’Toole Family Foundation Edward Smith Retired Partner, KPMG Kevin G. Walsh, Esq. Director, Gibbons P.C.

William J. Cosgrove Director (Retired), Hudson City Bancorp, Inc.

John C. Walton Chairman, DVUV, LLC

Kevin Cummings President and CEO, Investors Savings Bank

Executive Director Gerard T. O’Connor

William P. Fitzpatrick Vice President, Treasury, Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

SFIC Staff Nancy Andujar Robert Cortes Mary Flannery Jasmin Santos

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Kenneth F. Kunzman Senior Partner, Connell Foley, LLP

Trustees Robert W. Cockren Partner, Dentons

Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Harahan Pastor, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Wyckoff, NJ

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

SFIC Festival Features Great High School Basketball

Friday, January 3rd: 5:15 pm Girls: Saint Anthony HS vs Saint Dominic Academy 7:00 pm Boys: Saint Anthony HS vs Newark Central HS 8:30 pm Boys: Seton Hall Prep vs Union Catholic HS Saturday, January 4th: 7:00 pm Boys: Saint Mary HS (Elizabeth) vs Pope John XXIII HS 8:30 pm Boys: Saint Peter’s Prep vs Cardinal Hayes HS (NY) Sunday, January 5th: 12:00 pm Boys: Hudson Catholic HS vs Marist HS 1:45 pm Boys: Saint Joseph’s HS (Metuchen) vs Woodbridge HS 3:30 pm Boys: Saint Benedict’s Prep vs Trenton Catholic Acedemy 5:15 pm Boys: Roselle Catholic HS vs Union HS 7:00 pm Girls: Roselle Catholic HS vs Mount Saint Dominic Acedemy

Tickets are available on-line at SFICHoops.com today until 4:00 pm and the box office will open at 10 am Saturday at Kean University. Tickets start at $5 .

will be the 2013 Tournament of Champions winner (Boys) The 11th edition of The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children Basketball Festival (SFIC) will be held over a three Roselle Catholic HS vs. Union HS at 5:15 pm. The fifth and final game of the day will be at 7:00 pm between (Girls) day period starting on Friday, January 3rd and wraps up on Roselle Catholic HS vs. Mt. Saint Dominic Academy. Sunday, January 5th at Kean University’s Harwood Arena. This year’s festival features the very best of New Jersey High “The SFIC Basketball Festival will again host a number of the state’s top basketball teams,” said Bill Fitzpatrick, the School basketball including the two finalists from the 2013 Director of the SFIC Basketball Festival. “Our Tournament of Champions, Roselle Catholic festival will offer exciting action for fans and HS and St. Joseph’s HS (Metuchen). support the Scholarship Fund’s work to raise The three day Festival tips off with a triplemoney for scholarships so children from low header on Friday, January 3rd beginning at income families can attend Catholic Schools in 5:15 pm. The opening game features (Girls) St. Anthony’s HS and Saint Dominic’s the Archdiocese of Newark. With the enthusiastic support of the coaches and their schools we are Academy. Following the opening game is able to create the best spectacle of high school (Boys) St. Anthony’s HS vs. Newark Central basketball in the state.” HS. The day ends with (Boys) Seton Hall The Scholarship Fund has been very happy Prep vs. Union Catholic HS. Day two of the with everyone’s effort. Festival, Saturday, January 4th, will feature “I personally want to thank all of the schools two games beginning at 7:00 pm. It starts with for the support of the festival,” explained (Boys) St. Mary’s HS (Elizabeth) against Kyrie Irving was a great high Gerry O’Connor, the Executive Director of Pope John XXIII HS and wraps up with school basketball player and the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children. (Boys) Saint Peter’s Prep vs. Cardinal is now a rising star in the NBA “Our goal is to support the education of Hayes HS (NY). with the Cleveland Cavaliers hundreds of young people with scholarships. The final day of the Festival, January This has been a great event over the past 5th, will feature five games beginning at decade and we are very thankful.” 12 noon with (Boys) Hudson Catholic HS The Festival has seen its share of outstanding players. vs. Marist HS. The second game between St. Joseph’s HS NBA and collegiate stars such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, (Metuchen) and Woodbridge HS will tip off at 1:45 pm. The third game will feature (Boys) St. Benedict’s Prep vs. Trenton Tyshawn Taylor, JR Smith and Kyrie Irving have all played games in the festival. Catholic Academy, and begin at 3:30 pm. Following that

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SFIC Hoops Graduates – Where are they now? The Scholarship Fund for InnerCity Children will host a wealth of basketball talent for the 11th consecutive year in 2014. Each year the talent and excitement soars to new levels. With all the incredible talent that surrounds the yearly basketball festival, we’d like to take a minute to see where some of the best players from past SFIC Festival’s are now . . .

Myles Mack / St. Anthony HS Mack is currently a Junior Guard at Rutgers University. The Rutgers Guard led all Scarlett Knights in scoring last season and will be looked upon this year for additional scoring and leadership. Mack is from Paterson, NJ. Kyrie Irving / St. Patrick’s HS Irving is currently in his 3rd year in the NBA playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving attended Duke University before being drafted #1 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. For his career, Irving has averaged 20.6 points per game. Irving was

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born in Australia and raised in West Orange, NJ. Michael Rosario / St. Anthony HS Currently an Unrestricted Free Agent, Rosario pla yed four great collegiate seasons between Rutgers University and the University of Florida. Rosario also earned a silver medal playing for Puerto Rico in the 2012 FIBA Centrobasket Tournament. Rosario is from Jersey City, NJ. Myck Kabongo / St. Benedict’s Prep Currently playing for the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League, Kabongo played his collegiate basketball at the University of Texas where he averaged 14.6 points per game. Kabongo is from Zaire, was raised in Toronto, and played some of his high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist / St. Patrick’s HS Currently playing in his 2nd NBA season for the Charlotte Bobcats,

Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points per game for the upstart Bobcats. Kidd-Gilchrist played collegiately at the University of Kentucky and was drafted 2nd overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. Kyle Anderson / St. Anthony HS Currently playing in his sophomore season at UCLA, Anderson was part of two undefeated teams while playing for Coach Hurley at St. Anthony HS. Anderson is averaging 14 points per game and 9 rebounds per game as a Bruin. Marcus Williams / St. Anthony HS Played collegiately at St. Francis (NY) where he averaged 9.4 points per game in his 2 seasons. Williams transferred to St. Francis (NY) from the Globe Institute of Technology. Williams went undrafted in the 2008 NBA Draft.

collegiate career at Villanova University where he averaged 12.1 points per game. JR Smith / St. Benedict’s Prep Currently playing with the New York Knicks, Smith was drafted out of High School by the New Orleans Hornets with the 18th selection. During the NBA Lockout, Smith played overseas in China for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.

Kyle Anderson

Corey Fisher / St. Patrick’s HS Currently playing professional basketball for Enisey Krasnoyarsk in Russia, Fisher had a successful

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Players to Watch in This Year’s SFIC Basketball Festival As usual, the SFIC Basketball Festival has some outstanding high school talent. The following is a brief rundown of some of the talented players:

St. Benedict’s. The 6-5 Brisco is versatile on the court and will be a welcomed addition to Roselle Catholic with his scoring and leadership

Wade Baldwin / St. Joseph (Metuchen) Baldwin is a complete player who gets to the basket and handles the ball exceptionally well while being a threat from behind the arc and on the defensive side of the ball. The 6-3 senior guard will play at Vanderbilt next year.

Moustapha Diagne / Pope John The 6-8 center continues to improve his game in the low post. Diagne is able to play bigger than his height with his wing span and athleticism. Just a junior, Diagne will be a high nationally recruited big man.

Nassir Barrino / Hudson Catholic Despite an injury plagued sophomore season, Barrino is poised for a breakout junior campaign. The athletic 6-0 guard averaged 8.3 points per game during his shortened season but will be looked upon for scoring and solid defensive efforts this season.

Devine Eke / Union Catholic The 6-6 Viking is back to lead Union Catholic for his senior campaign after playing at St. Benedict’s. A ferocious finisher at the rim and great on the boards, Eke will play collegiately at Fairleigh Dickinson.

Isaiah Brisco / Roselle Catholic A highly sought after combo guard will spend his first year with Roselle Catholic after transferring from

Temple Gibbs / Seton Hall Prep Already a solid scorer and ball handler as a sophomore, Gibbs has the ability to light it up from deep and to take it to the rim.

Ashton Lofton / Union Catholic The senior floor general will be working with new talent this season. Lofton will look to continue his exciting play after a solid junior season with the Vikings. Chris Silva / Roselle Catholic This junior big man is a force in the paint for the defending Tournament of Champions. Already a tenacious defender, Silva’s offensive skills are developing and gaining him interest from top colleges around the country.

before heading to the University of Kentucky next season. Towns can score from the paint and behind the arc and defends the post on defense. Austin White / St. Peter’s Prep A senior combo guard with deep range, White will be leading a young St. Peter’s Prep team this season before heading to High Point to play college basketball.

Tarin Smith / St. Anthony A lightening quick player on both sides of the ball, Smith will be handling the ball this season for Coach Hurley and the Friars. His skills have garnered attention from multiple Division 1 programs. Karl Towns / St. Joseph (Metuchen) This gifted big man will be looking to sharpen his skills and earn a Tournament of Champions win

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Karl Towns

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The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children Why Support Catholic Schools Research Shows: • The achievement gap is smaller in faith-based schools (Jeynes, 2007; Marks & Lee, 1989). •S  tudents in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools (Coleman & Hoffer, 1987; Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Greeley, 1982; Sander, 1996).  atino and African American students who attend Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from •L high school and more likely to graduate from college than their public school peers (Benson, Yeager, Guerra, & Manno, 1986; Evans & Schwab, 1995; Neal, 1997; Sander & Krautman, 1995). • The “multiply disadvantaged” benefit most from Catholic schools (Evans & Schwab, 1995; Greeley, 1982; Neal, 1997). •S  ocial class effects on educational achievement are significantly lessened in Catholic schools (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993; Greeley, 1982). • The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools (York, 1996). •G  raduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote than public school graduates (Dee, 2005). •G  raduates of Catholic schools are likely to earn higher wages than public school graduates (Hoxby, 1994; Neal, 1997).  atholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant for diverse •C views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Greeley & Rossi, 1966; Greene, 1998; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001). • A study by economists with the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank has found that Catholic schools improve the career income prospects of their students more than public or private schools. Graduates of private schools earn considerably more than graduates of public schools, the study found. However, since private school graduates tend to come from affluent families, their higher income does not necessarily mean a step up the economic ladder. For graduates of Catholic schools, on the other hand, the increase in expected career earnings was a “statistically significant 13.6%.” The study suggested that there are “aspects of school quality that could affect earnings later in life.”

Mission

Scholarship Programs

SFIC provides children in need with the opportunity for a quality, values-based education in a safe environment. The Fund provides partial tuition scholarships to economically disadvantaged children attending private and parochial schools within Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. Scholarship awards are based upon need without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.

SFIC General Scholarship Program: For students attending elementary and secondary schools. Funded with unrestricted donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Scholarship Eligibility To qualify for tuition assistance a student must: • Come from an economically disadvantaged family that meets income eligibility requirements similar to the national school free and redudced lunch program. • Attend a parochial or private school within Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties.

Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF): For students attending elementary schools in Newark, Jersey City and Elizabeth. Jointly funded by SFIC foundation grants and the CSF. Donor Designated Scholarships: For students attending elementary and secondary schools. Funded by restricted donations from individual donors, corporations and foundations for the benefit of designated schools, localities or scholarship recipients.

Sources of Funding SFIC is funded by contributions from individual donors, corporations and foundations. SFIC sponsors two annual fund raising events – a dinner and a high school basketball tournament.

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Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark Elementary School Student Profile:

• 15,665 K-8 students attend 70 schools in the Archdiocese of Newark • 98% daily attendance rate • 20% are non-Catholic • 7 2% of 8th grade graduates will go on to a Catholic High school in the Archdiocese of Newark. The remaining 28% will attend private and public (magnet, charter, specialized) high schools High School Student Profile: • 1 2,924 students attend 28 schools in the Archdiocese of Newark • 97% daily attendance rate • 27% are non-Catholic • 100% of the senior class graduate • 9 7% of the senior class will pursue higher education.

Why Children Succeed in Catholic Schools Catholic schools offer the opportunity for children to experience academic achievement by meeting rigorous learning standards within a safe, orderly and structured environment where all students are expected to learn and do well. Catholic schools set higher performance standards and have high expectations for every child. Catholic schools emphasize basics in the curriculum while fostering a school ‘culture’ that strengthens the students’ mastery of academic subjects, makes them feel valued because they are known personally by the teachers and builds their self-esteem as they achieve their goals.

How You Can Help Us Your donation will help SFIC increase the number of promising students who will benefit from an educational setting where they can experience academic achievement and improve their chances for successful futures. Every year SFIC denies over 50% of families seeking our assistance because we lack the financial resources. SFIC general scholarships are $1,000 per student and all scholarship awards are made in the form of direct payment to the schools the students attend. Average tuition for parochial schools in the areas we serve are $4,748 for elementary school and $10,285 for high school. For information on how you can make a donation, please call Gerry O’Connor, Executive Director, at 973-497-4279.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

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Changing Lives Through the Gift of Education Thanks to our donors, recent SFIC scholarship recipients have achieved their dreams and graduated from high school and are now attending the following colleges: Adelphi University Albertus Magnus College Albright College Alfred University American Music and Dramatic Academy Anna Maria College Arcadia University Baltimore International Barry University Bentley University Bergen Community College Berkeley College Bloomfield College Boston University Bowdoin College Cabrini College Caldwell College California University of Pennslyvania Centenary College Central Connecticut State University Champlain Chestnut Hill College Clark University Coastal Carolina University Colby College College of Mount Saint Vincent College of Saint Elizabeth

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Columbia University County College of Morris Daytona Community College Delaware State University DeVry University Dodge City University Drew University Drexel University Duquesne University Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Essex County College Fairfield University Fairleigh Dickinson University Fairmount State University Fashion Institute of Technology Felician College Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Institute of Technology Fordham University Gannon University George Mason University George Washington University Georgian Court University Grinnell College Hampton University Harvard University Hillsborough Community College Hofstra University

College of the Holy Cross Howard University Hudson County Community College Immaculata University Indiana University of Pennsylvania Iona College Iowa State University Ithaca College Johnson & Wales University Juniata College Kean University Kenyon University Keystone College King’s College Kuztown University Lackawanna College Lafayette College LaSalle University Lawrence University Lehigh University LeMoyne College Lincoln University Long Island University Loyola University Mansfield University Marist College Marquette University Marymount Manhattan College

Mercer County College Merrimack College Middlesex County College Millersville University Monmouth University Montclair State University Morgan State University Mount St. Mary’s University Mt. St. Vincent University Nassau Community College New Jersey City University NJIT Norfolk State University North Carolina State University NYU Pace University Penn College of Technology Penn State Pepperdine University Post University Princeton University Providence College Purdue University Quinnipiac College Ramapo College Richard Stockton College Rider University Roberts Wesleyan College

Rockland Community College Rowan University Rutgers University Sacred Heart University Saint Anselm College Saint Peter’s College Salve Regina University Seton Hall University Southern New Hampshire College Springfield College St. John’s University St. Joseph’s University St. Leo’s University St. Michael’s University St. Peter’s College Stevens Institute Of Technology Stevenson University SUNY Delhi Syracuse University Temple University Texas A&M University Texas Tech University The Art Institute of NY The Catholic University of America The College of Charleston The College of New Jersey The John Hopkins University Tufts University

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Union County College University of New Haven University of Alabama University of Bridgeport University of Connecticut University of Hartford University of Massachusetts University of Miami University of New Haven University of Notre Dame University of Pittsburgh University of Rhode Island University of Scranton University of South Carolina University of South Florida University of Tampa Ursinus College Virginia State Virginia Union University Wagner College Washington College Wesley College West Virginia University Western New England University Widener University William Paterson University Xavier University York College


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Our students say it best … “I am the first in my family to go to college and I am blessed in every way possible.” “A Catholic school education allows you to experience both sides of education; spiritual and academic.” “If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to get the best education possible.” “When I graduate from college, I know that I can use what I have learned to make a difference in people’s lives, the same way that you have made difference in mine.” “My four years in high school have been the best because they have shaped me into an independent, self-motivated and intelligent young woman.”

“You can rest assured that the funds you invested in me throughout my high school years have made a difference in my future.” “Your support has given opportunities for students to attend a private school and receive a great education. My parents and I are deeply grateful for your support and generosity.” “I appreciate the help you have given me and I am thankful, because I now have the opportunity to go to college.” “I want you to know that your support has changed lives, including mine.” “On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your support of SFIC which has been instrumental in my high school education.”

SFIC Student Profile Jamal Litus • Grade 6 • Our Lady Help of Christians, East Orange, NJ

I live in Newark with my mother and father, as well as my brother Malik who is in first grade and my four year old sister, Allyha. Recently, my Aunt suddenly passed and my 3 year old cousin, Christina, is now living with us. I love being at Our Lady Help of Christians because I know I am getting a great education! I want to go to Culinary School and open a restaurant with my father. Every Saturday I make breakfast for my brother, sister and cousin. My favorite subjects in school are math, spelling and science. I recently was awarded first place for my essay on St. Alexander in the Archdiocesan Black Saint Essay Contest. I just entered the Maryknoll Essay Contest where we had to write “What Can I Do to Serve the Poor?” At Our Lady Help of Christians, our teachers remind us that “giving” is an important part of our faith and our good will to our neighbors near and far. Our school recently donated food to the parish food pantry in addition to $3,000 we collected. We are now raising funds for the disaster in the Philippines. “Jamal comes from a very fine family, with two young parents who struggle to keep their family here at OLHC, but they still try to aid other when possible” said Sr. Pat Hogan, O.P. OLHC Principal.

Jamal Litus

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2014 SFIC Award for Academic Excellence The SFIC is privileged and excited to once again honor and appreciate the talents of student athletes from each high school for participating in our Eleventh Annual Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children Basketball Festival. The principals of the participating schools select one student-athlete from their team who has demonstrated academic excellence in the classroom as a member of the basketball team to receive SFIC - Investors Bank Academic Excellence Award. Congratulations!

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Cardinal Hayes HS, Chinedu Nathan Ekwu

Saint Anthony HS (girls), Na’Shia Orisini

Hudson Catholic HS, J. R. Lynch

Saint Benedict’s Prep, Jon Williams

Marist HS, Mark Jones

Saint Dominic Academy, Ariana Taite

Mount St. Dominic Academy, Lea Mendolla

Saint Joseph HS (Metuchen), Michael Cintron

Newark Central HS, Devin Huff

Saint Mary’s of Assumption, Jamie Okoli

Pope John XXIII HS, Timothy McCabe

Saint Peter’s Prep HS, Vic Jusino

Roselle Catholic HS (Boys), Christopher Porter

Trenton Catholic Academy, Tennyson Lewis

Roselle Catholic HS (Girls), Kate Tobie

Union Catholic HS, Berlin Simplice

Seton Hall Prep, Louis Soscia

Union HS, Jaron McNair

Saint Anthony HS (boys), Tarin Smith

Woodbridge HS, Vincent Porcelli

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The SFIC would like to thank the following sponsors: • Walsh Family Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey

• One Source Solutions

• Advance Realty

• Clear Channel Communication

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children 30th Annual Dinner HONORING: Christopher Martin, Chairman, President and CEO Provident Bank, with the Vitae Discimus Award Joseph J. Oakes, III, President, Acorn Financial Services With the Archbishop Gererty Award Dinner Chairman: Dominick A. Cama, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Investors Bank Proceeds from the dinner will assist the Scholarship Fund for InnerCity Children to provide partial tuition scholarships to students attending private and parochial schools in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. For more information about the dinner or to reserve a table, order tickets or place a journal ad, please call SFIC (973)497-4279. Changing lives through the gift of education.

Christopher Martin

Joseph J. Oakes, III

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