WCF Empowers Academic Growth In Partnership With Council Of Dads, Awarding $4,500 In Scholarships

James Shecter, WCF Vice Chair Jim Sackett, John Sitomer, Jeff Sitomer, Rafi Wynn and David Kane with the big WCF check representing the $4,500 grant.

The Wellington Community Foundation recently announced its ongoing partnership with the Council of Dads, supporting the local nonprofit in its work to help foster academic excellence among student-athletes.

The foundation voted to fund the scholarships awarded at the recent Wellington Wolves travel basketball program event on Wednesday, May 22. The foundation continues to champion educational initiatives that benefit students in Wellington.

At the event, attended by 106 young men and women and their families, the Wellington Wolves recognized the outstanding academic achievements of its student-athletes. Among them, 62 Honor Roll recipients and 44 Top Gun winners were celebrated, reflecting the dedication to academic success fostered by the Council of Dads.

The Council of Dads, made up of dedicated community leaders including founder John Sitomer, has been instrumental in implementing a comprehensive tutoring program for student-athletes. Over the course of 32 weeks, these students receive complimentary tutoring from talented high school students, enhancing their academic skills and fostering personal growth. This program, now in its seventh year, stands as a testament to the foundation’s commitment to nurturing the holistic development of young individuals.

“We are grateful that Dr. Gordon Johnson, one of our foundation directors, brought this organization to us four years ago, and we are committed to supporting John Sitomer and the entire Council of Dads team,” WCF Chair Barry Manning said. “Their tireless efforts to provide invaluable resources and opportunities to our young children in Wellington and help them recognize their full potential is nothing short of amazing. The foundation is happy to be a small part of this group’s success.”

For more information about how you can become involved in helping the Wellington Community Foundation, visit www.wellingtoncommunityfoundation.org.