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Rayshaw Matthews

 

Rayshaw Matthews         

“My high school basketball coach and a referee both spoke to me about MassBay,” says Rayshaw.  “They told me it is a good school educationally, and they think I can play basketball at this level.”

Age: 18
Hometown: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Major: Business and Management
Aspirations: Taking over the family business


Rayshaw Matthews has been playing basketball at the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club since he was 7 years old, and while he played there for fun as a kid, it turned out to be a wise career move as well.

As a regular at the Boys & Girls Club, Rayshaw became a highly skilled basketball player.  In his senior year at Madison Park High School, he was the starting point guard and was named to the All-Boston City team.  He also distinguished himself in the classroom at Madison Park, earning a spot on the honor roll in three of his last four semesters there.

Rayshaw’s activities at the Boys & Girls Club, along with his academic achievements in high school, led to a $10,000 scholarship from the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.  He is using these funds to offset the cost of attending MassBay in the fall of 2012, where he will play for Coach Bill Raynor and his highly regarded men’s basketball team.

“My high school basketball coach and a referee both spoke to me about MassBay,” says Rayshaw.  “They told me it is a good school educationally, and they think I can play basketball at this level.”

Enrolled in the Business Administration Associate Degree program, Rayshaw will be the first in his immediate family to attend college.  Neither his parents nor his grandparents went to college, but they all paved the road for Rayshaw’s future.

“My family owns a plumbing business,” he explains.  “There are about six employees now, and I am in college to learn about business and management so I’ll be in a position to take over the business one day.”

For now, he’s focusing on transitioning into college level coursework, and the next level on the basketball court.  So far, he says, “School is pretty good.  The classes are not packed, so teachers can focus on you as an individual.  It’s a good place to be.”

And as for the hoops, “We should be pretty good this year.  If we buy into Coach Raynor’s way of winning and keep our heads, we’ll be fine.  My plan is to work hard, listen, and be dedicated.  I figure I might be first or second off the bench this year.”

Rayshaw Matthews is pursuing his Associate Degree in Business Administration, entering his first semester in the fall of 2012.  He is also a point guard on the MassBay Buccaneer basketball team.


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