Coach Lessett and the Hawks welcome Tom Brown's Rookie League to the Hytche Center.
Coach Lessett and the Hawks welcome Tom Brown's Rookie League to the Hytche Center.

March 2, 2006

Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that their final home basketball game, held on March 4, 2006, will be Tom Brown's Rookie League Day.

All youth participants in Tom Brown's Rookie League Night will be admitted for free when they arrive to the game wearing their Tom Brown's Rookie League T-shirt. One parent will also be admitted with each child.

That same game is also senior night for the Hawks and a very important game for the Lady Hawks as they battle Howard University for third place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). A win by the Lady Hawks will clinch third in the conference and a third place seed in the upcoming MEAC Tournament. Tip-off time for the women's game is 2:00 pm with the men following at approximately 4:00 pm.

Tom Brown's Rookie League sponsors youth basketball, baseball and flag football. The program was designed "to teach young students the fundamentals of sports in a positive sports atmosphere." The program, while requiring a fee, never turns a student away and makes partial and full scholarships available.

Tom Brown is the founder and coach of the program. Although he was born in Pennsylvania, his family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland when he was eight years old. He attended local schools and later the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) where he played baseball, basketball and football. He was an All-American baseball player at UMCP and played professionally with the Washington Senators. Brown also played pro-football with the Green Bay Packers under legendary Coach Vince Lombardi for six seasons. He started Super Bowls I & II.

Brown is a member of the UMCP Hall of Fame for baseball and football and one of only six coaches in the United States to be honored with the Double Coaching Award given by the Positive Coaching Alliance from Stanford University. Brown is the first person to play professional baseball and football and participate in two Super Bowls.