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Featuring community leaders and coaches in conversation.

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September 30, 2020 at 6:30 PM EST

Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic Community Summit

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Xenith, in collaboration with the Detroit Sports Commission, the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, is honored to present the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic (XPKC) Community Summit – Racial Inequality and Sport.   

The XPKC Community Summit features panels of community leaders and coaches who will discuss how racial inequality has impacted their lives and careers, and how sport can open the lines of communication and serve as a conduit for change in our communities.  

The goal of this conversation is to bring awareness to the inequity BIPOC communities experience and to educate athletes about how they can serve as allies to their BIPOC teammates. 

Can’t make it to the live discussion? Register to receive a link to the summit recording the next day.

Summit Schedule

6:30 - 6:40 PM: Welcome Remarks - Ryan Sullivan, Xenith CEO
6:40 - 7:25 PM: Community Leaders Panel
7:25 - 8:10 PM: Coaches Panel
8:10 PM: Questions and Closing Remarks

COMMUNITY LEADERS PANEL: Systemic Causes of Racial Inequality and How to Level the Playing Field

  • Shawn Wilson, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of SE Michigan 
  • Judge Mariam Bazzi, Michigan 3rd Circuit Court 
  • Greg Kelser, Lead Analyst, Pistons Basketball, Fox Sports Detroit

COACHES PANEL: Using Sport to Address Racial Inequality in Your Community

  • Coach Thomas Wilcher, Cass Technical High School 
  • Coach Corey Parker, River Rouge High School 
  • Coach Paul Winters, Wayne State University
  • Coach Justin Cessante, National Director of Football Operations, Legacy Center
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Meet our speakers

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Karen Dumas


Karen Dumas is a communications professional and media contributor committed to excellence, entrepreneurship, and equality. As the founder of Images & Ideas, Inc., she has earned a reputation as a communications strategist known for performance and excellence. Dumas also served as Chief of Communications & External Affairs for Mayor Dave Bing and the City of Detroit. Dumas is a frequent guest speaker at schools, churches and professional organizations. Karen is a frequent moderator and Mistress of Ceremonies, and a frequent guest contributor for FOX2 and other media outlets.

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Shawn Wilson

CEO, Boys & Girls Club of SE Michigan

A social and tech entrepreneur and pioneer of professionalizing celebrity philanthropy for greater social impact; Shawn has spent his career creating social and economic mobility opportunities for underserved communities. His servant leadership style has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post and during keynote speeches at MIT, Harvard and the Clinton Global Initiative University. Shawn has served as the President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan since 2018 and was previously an Executive with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Usher’s New Look Foundation, and SWI Consulting, Inc.

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Judge Mariam Bazzi

Michigan 3rd Circuit Court

Judge Mariam S. Bazzi has served on the Third Circuit Court since 2017. She previously had served as an Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor. She currently serves in the Criminal Division where she oversees a Mental Health Court docket in addition to her regular duties. She also serves on the Court Executive Committee and on the Strategic Planning Team where she is the Judicial Sponsor of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Judge Bazzi has been active in many community and civic organizations, including the Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) where she served as the President from 2010 to 2014. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was elected to the Dearborn Board of Education and Henry Ford College Board of Trustees and she chaired both boards. She also served on Michigan’s Middle Eastern Affairs Commission and Michigan’s Environmental Justice Work Group. She currently serves on the Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC) Board.

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Gregory Kelser

Lead Analyst, Pistons Basketball, Fox Sports Detroit

Gregory reunited with the Detroit Pistons as a broadcaster in 1988 and currently serves as lead analyst for Fox Sports Detroit coverage of Pistons Basketball. Gregory also broadcasts for the Big Ten Conference with the Big Ten Network. Wilcher was also a running back for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1983–1986 and a member of Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame

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Coach Thomas Wilcher

Cass Technical High School

Thomas Wilcher is the head football coach at Cass Techical High School in Detroit, Michigan. Thomas is an NCAA Division 1 Track and Field National Champion in the indoor 55-meter hurdles and a three-time All-American in track and field for the University of Michigan.

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Coach Corey Parker

River Rouge High School

Corey Parker has been the head coach of the River Rouge High School football program since 2009, where he also serves as Athletic Director, Dean of Students, and the varsity track coach. He was named the MHSFCA 2015 Division 5 State Coach of the Year, and in 2019, led his team to the Division 3 Michigan State High School Football Championship.

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Coach Paul Winters

Wayne State University

Paul Winters entered his 17th season as the Wayne State University head football coach in the fall of 2020. Wayne State compiled an outstanding 7-1 GLIAC record in 2019 to finish in second place after recording the first victory against Grand Valley State since 1984. The five-game winning streak to end the season is the longest since the 2016 squad won six straight from Sept. 17 through Oct. 22. The Warriors won eight of their final nine regular-season games, the best stretch since WSU won 10 of 11 games from Oct. 23, 2010, through Oct. 22, 2011. Prior to his tenure at Wayne State University, Coach Winters served as the Running Backs Coach and Offensive Coordinate at the University of Akron from 1995 to 2003. He also has experience coaching at the University of Wisconsin and University of Toledo. A former member of the AFCA Division II Board of Coaches, Winters served on the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee as well as the NCAA Rules Committee. Winters is entering his fourth year on the AFCA Board of Trustees after being selected in January of 2017. Winters has four children, Christian, Monica, Melanie and Natalie and is married to the former Mya Hill.

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Justin Cessante

National Director of Football Operations, Legacy Center

Justin is the National Director of Football Operations at the Legacy Center in Brighton, MI, as well as the Executive Director of the L.E.A.D. Foundation. He played high school football at Detroit Catholic Central, where he was named Captain and Defensive MVP on the 1997 and 1998 State Championship teams. Justin played college football at Grand Valley State University and was part of the team that won the 2002 Division II NCAA National Championship. Following college, he returned to his alma mater as a coach, serving on the sidelines of the Detroit Catholic Central varsity team from 2004 to 2018.

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