September 12, 2014 (Englewood, CO):
Hall of Famer Jeanette Lee aka “The Black Widow” is offering her support, as well as the resources of her new non-profit charitable organization, the Black Widow Foundation (BWF), to help America’s best junior players compete in the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships.
Through the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) Junior National 9-Ball Championships, nine of our nation’s best young players have qualified to compete in the upcoming event to be held November 15-19, 2014, in Shanghai, China.
While these talented junior players have qualified and would love to represent Team USA in Shanghai, they and a mandatory chaperone receive no stipend for the long and costly trip to China. As a result, the BWF is beginning an annual drive to design unique fundraisers to support the juniors, and will be encouraging all interested billiard players and enthusiasts to take part in this effort.
These young players are dedicated, talented, and capable of winning the event—they deserve the support of all interested in improving our sport. Recipients of these funds will be asked to submit an essay, conduct themselves as true ambassadors for America throughout their journey to China, and to regularly update BWF on the trip.
“While the BEF is also a 501(c)(3) charity, we’re raising funds throughout the year for numerous youth programs such as junior nationals, pool-in-school, scholarships, and more. That’s why this support dedicated to helping these kids get to worlds is tremendous! We can’t thank the BWF and its supporters enough!” said Samm Diep-Vidal, Executive Director for the BEF.
Tax deductible donations may be made directly through the 501(c)(3) organization, www.BlackWidowFoundation.org, and all funds noted “for World Junior Championships” will be used to help defray the expenses of these junior players (prioritized by need).
Unused funds will be reserved for the qualified players the following year. Please help in this worthy effort—there is not much time left before November! If you can’t donate, please help spread the word through social media about the fundraising and the link to donate (of course, it is certainly allowable to donate and spread the word). Your interest and support is very much appreciated.
The Black Widow Foundation and its founder are committed to improving the sport of pocket billiards by encouraging, supporting, and mentoring our junior players—the future of our sport.
The Foundation also organizes and hosts the unique Black Widow Juniors Camp each year to cultivate aspiring young players, not only in areas of the sport but also in their lives.
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit their website or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is a nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Learn more at www.billiardeducation.org.
Photo: Billiard Education Foundation Editor: Dana Gornall