SEASON OF GIVING 2017
Berkeley College Graduate Mentors Aspiring Athletes
Jeffrey Mejia, a recent Berkeley College graduate and co-captain of the 2017 national championship basketball team, is sharing his talents with aspiring athletes as a coach at the Manhattan Bible Church community center in upper Manhattan, NY.
Mr. Mejia, who journeyed to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a child, spent time in homeless shelters before he found support through the basketball program offered by the community center.
In May 2015, Mr. Mejia was featured in a segment of the PBS television program “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America,” where he discussed how his love of basketball helped him persevere and attain his dream of a college degree from Berkeley College.
As a student at Berkeley College, Mr. Mejia was a standout student-athlete. He held a 3.4 grade-point average and received a scholarship in 2016 from the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
He served as co-captain of the 2016-2017 Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team, where he led the group through an undefeated season to its third United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship.
The New York Times featured the team in an article in February 2017.
Mr. Mejia now holds a position as a Business Development Coordinator for ForceBrands, a New York-based marketing company, and continues to coach at the Manhattan Bible Church where he got his start in athletics.
“You have to give back,” he said. “I want to do it for other kids to help them make it out there and be successful.”
Photo Captions: (Top) Jeffrey Mejia serves as co-captain of the 2016-2107 Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team. (Above) Mr. Mejia (second from right) poses with Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College (third from right), players and coaches before the 2017 Commencement ceremony.
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