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Radio One gathered the best of the best in different cities across the nation to honor during the 47th Annual NAACP Awards weekend to show our appreciate to innovative leaders deemed “Hometown Champions” in our communities. B’More crowned Natasha Thurmon (coach, mentor and teacher in Baltimore City) a hero.

Here’s what her peers had to say: “Natasha Thurmon goes above and beyond the call of duty. I’m an so impressed with her tenacity and the sleepless nights she endures. She has run a summer program for 5 years for 40 student athletes to keep them off of the streets. She assigned over 100 student athletes with mentors from Morgan State to encourage them to aspire to attend college/play on a collegiate level. Her girls in her program are meeting academic success every year & attending college. Natasha even mentors her mentors!

It is quite impressive! She provides them with advice and recommendations to help them enter the workforce. She took her 2014 volleyball team to the middle school city championship & claimed the victory as an underdog team. She also took her middle school city basketball to the championship this year. She is making such a huge impact on the city and the inner city community where she works. She works hard to continue raising funds (100k) for our youth & only feels rewarded when she sees her student athletes meet success.”

Natasha Thurmon

Source: Provided by Natasha Thurmon

Thurmon’s prize included $1000 and an all-expense paid trip to the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards this year.

“Thanks so much for an awesome experience!” she said about being nominated as Baltimore’s hometown champion. “I truly enjoyed myself. I think it’s important for community leaders to continue working together to better the community.”

Press play below to see a recreation of our own Image Awards presented by Stratford Univeristy


RED CARPET RECAP: The 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards
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