Baker Street with Thom Pollard

S2 Episode 12 - Ripples in a Pond, Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy & the Trey Whitfield School

July 08, 2020 Thom Pollard Season 2 Episode 12
Baker Street with Thom Pollard
S2 Episode 12 - Ripples in a Pond, Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy & the Trey Whitfield School
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Baker Street with Thom Pollard
S2 Episode 12 - Ripples in a Pond, Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy & the Trey Whitfield School
Jul 08, 2020 Season 2 Episode 12
Thom Pollard

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN for all interested in current events, about how an elementary school in the most violent neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York has virtually transformed thousands of lives.

This is a story about two separate worlds intersecting to make something beautiful. About an amazing elementary school that gives hope where there is only hopelessness and despair. It’s a story about a now decades old friendship formed out of a seemingly random encounter. When one man, a black man, my second guest, was bringing his 14 year old son, a talented 6’ 8 basketball recruit from East NY, meets a young white assistant director of admissions, graduate of Harvard’s graduate school of education, working at a top prep school in New England, where the son had been recruited to play.

Normally, there would be no reason at all to mention whether any of my guests were black, or white, or of any cultural background, because it doesn’t matter….unless it’s pertinent to the story. In this case, while the friendship of these two men had absolutely zero to do with race, the events that took place in the few years after their first meeting, formed a lifelong bond which has changed the lives of thousands of youths in one of the toughest neighborhoods in all of Brooklyn New York.

The real story started with the tragic drowning of a young and promising basketball player Brewster Academy named Trey Whitfield. Out of the sadness and sorrow of his loss his father, AB Whitfield, a former NFL player and his wife, Janie Whitney created a school named after their late son. This is a beautiful story that MUST be heard.

For more information about the Trey Whitfield School visit: treywhitfieldschool.org
Find me at eyesopenproductions.com
For more about Stu and the Wildcat Inn and Tavern visit: wildcattavern.com

The music was brought to you by none other than the Reverend Freakchild, found originally on the Free Music Archive. Look for the Reverend's new album, The Bodhisattva Blues at
http://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/the-bodhisattva-blues

Reverend Freakchild was the guest on Season 2's Episode 1, a great listen. Visit bakerstreet.buzzsprout.com and click on S2 Episode 1.


Show Notes

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN for all interested in current events, about how an elementary school in the most violent neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York has virtually transformed thousands of lives.

This is a story about two separate worlds intersecting to make something beautiful. About an amazing elementary school that gives hope where there is only hopelessness and despair. It’s a story about a now decades old friendship formed out of a seemingly random encounter. When one man, a black man, my second guest, was bringing his 14 year old son, a talented 6’ 8 basketball recruit from East NY, meets a young white assistant director of admissions, graduate of Harvard’s graduate school of education, working at a top prep school in New England, where the son had been recruited to play.

Normally, there would be no reason at all to mention whether any of my guests were black, or white, or of any cultural background, because it doesn’t matter….unless it’s pertinent to the story. In this case, while the friendship of these two men had absolutely zero to do with race, the events that took place in the few years after their first meeting, formed a lifelong bond which has changed the lives of thousands of youths in one of the toughest neighborhoods in all of Brooklyn New York.

The real story started with the tragic drowning of a young and promising basketball player Brewster Academy named Trey Whitfield. Out of the sadness and sorrow of his loss his father, AB Whitfield, a former NFL player and his wife, Janie Whitney created a school named after their late son. This is a beautiful story that MUST be heard.

For more information about the Trey Whitfield School visit: treywhitfieldschool.org
Find me at eyesopenproductions.com
For more about Stu and the Wildcat Inn and Tavern visit: wildcattavern.com

The music was brought to you by none other than the Reverend Freakchild, found originally on the Free Music Archive. Look for the Reverend's new album, The Bodhisattva Blues at
http://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/the-bodhisattva-blues

Reverend Freakchild was the guest on Season 2's Episode 1, a great listen. Visit bakerstreet.buzzsprout.com and click on S2 Episode 1.


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