ESPN reporter to speak at Sankofa Awards Banquet

DOVER — Reuben Salters hopes to inspire the youth by recognizing those who continue to make a difference in their communities through the Inner City Cultural League’s third annual Sankofa Awards Banquet on Saturday.

The event, at 6 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center, is designed to recognize people in the community who champion youth development and artistic excellence. The center is at 1121 Forrest Ave.

“It’s exciting to see people rewarded for doing good things in the community,” Mr. Salters said. “We just try to highlight these individuals because they deserve it.”

Some of the awards include Sankofa Community Advocate of the Year, Sankofa Youth Advocate of the Year and Sankofa Artist of the Year Award.

The guest speaker of the event will be Lisa Salters, who has been a reporter for ESPN and ESPN on ABC since 2000.

“That’s my niece,” Mr. Salters said. “She’s just going to say a few remarks during the event.”

A versatile reporter, Ms. Salters was named the sideline reporter for ESPN’s Monday Night Football in April 2012.

In addition to occupying one of the most visible jobs in sports television, she is one of the lead reporters for ESPN on ABC’s NBA telecasts and a featured correspondent on the ESPN news magazine, E:60.

The event also will help raise funds for the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in Dover, which include after-school, educational and recreational programs to increase youths’ awareness on culture and arts.

The Sankofa center, at 39 S. West St., is geared toward youth ages 6 to 21.

The organization, known for its Sankofa West Africa dance and drum teams, also offer classes on African drumming and dance, as well as teaching languages, including French, German and Chinese.

“We had over 200 people last year and we’re expecting about the same amount this year as well,” Mr. Salters.

“It’s an exciting and great event for the community.”

Tickets are $50. For more information call Mr. Salters at (302) 241-5813.

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