The StompDown Highlights
I got a chance to sit down with Shericka Cunningham, the Assistant Director for the show. Shericka shared some of the highlights from the event and some of the hardships bringing the show to Memphis. Teams competing came from as far away as Tallahassee Florida. As this event grows in the Memphis market it will become a major driver for tourism to the city. The events falls on the Friday night before the Southern Heritage Classic and serves as a perfect compliment to activities going on during the Classic Weekend.
One of the challenges in bringing a show like this to Memphis is getting the endorsements and support from the major influencers of our youth. The StompDown like other events trying to create something big in the city of Memphis, are looking for better support by having community leaders and influencers getting involved, schools supporting organization with youth empowerment movements, and more corporate and small business support. The show organizers wanted to say thank you to JustMyMemphis, the Memphis Urban League, HBCU Student College Fair, and a special thanks to East High School.
Looking forward to next year, Ms Cunningham had this to say: “We will continue to cultivate the relationships within the city that have been established. The Stompdown’s overall objective is to empower the youth. We believe that next year we will give more out scholarships to students in the City of Memphis, highlight local talent on the main stage, and connect with more community leaders and businesses.” Because of the positive effect events like this have on the youth of Memphis and on our local economy, JustMyMemphis is planning on having a major role in next year’s show!
Some of our youth have no exposure to events like The Stompdown. Vision plays a major component, not only for children but for adults as well. As the old adage goes “Seeing is Believing” we want to let our youth see that there is success on all levels especially regarding the performing arts, and see their classmates receive scholarships.
What impact is The Stompdown hoping to have on the young lives in our community? That they can attend The Stompdown and say to themselves, “I can do that!” Once the seed is sown one of our missions is accomplished.
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