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Event Recap: Dream Chaser Summit Hosted by Meek Mill & Dion Waiters

In case you happened to miss Made in America weekend, you also happened to miss out of the Dream Chaser Summit hosted by Philly's own Dion Waiters and Meek Mill. Now, if you weren't aware, Dion and Meek Mill come from the same part of South Philly and happened to be very good friends, and even happened to be represented by the same lovely publicists. The idea for the summit was to inform and inspire the students and citizens in the city who want to work within the sports or music industry. 

The two men did not disappoint, bringing out some of the industry's renowned, knowledgable and diverse individuals to discuss almost every aspect of the industry from how agents and managers feels about sports to NBA players discussing what part of the game they don't like. No topic was over looked. The day started with two panels hosted by Philly's Spike Eskin, the Voice of Philly Sports Talk Radio. The first group of panelists were the men who represent your favorite athletes along side of Philadelphia boxing legend Bernard Hopkins. Not only is Bernard a heavy hitter in the ring, he manages himself and owns his own promotion team (yes, he's doing the money dance!) The men discussed how they got introduced to sports, what their individual careers detail, how individuals can get involved in the sports industry and not having to actually play a sport. They also spoke on how working in the industry may have changed their perspective on sports, amongst other things. Bernard being both an athlete and a manager, discussed how he balances both positions and how it took him almost 20 years to learn the industry outside of the ring. Eager patrons of the event had their opportunity to speak to the men and ask questions. 

That panel was followed by a panel with the Sixers Thaddeus Young, the Atlanta Hawk and former Sixer guard Lou Williams, and home town heroes Maalik Wayns and Markieff & Marcus Morris. The men discussed their own experience within the NBA being that Williams was drafted right out of high school, Thad was an "one-and-done" player, the Twins were not only drafted as the #14 and #15 picks but now both play for the Phoenix Suns together, and Maalik went to the league as a free agent. The men talked about how their love of the game has evolved among several other topics such as money, agents, and who their own role models are. Spike also was the moderator for this panel as well and opened up the floor to the audience for questions before a quick intermission for the setting up of the Entertainment Portion. 

Noel Lee, the founder of Monster Cable came out to not only start the Entertainment Panel, he discussed his aspirations and growth of the company and previewed for the audience Meek Mill's 24k gold headphones designed by Monster. Once Meek Mill, Rick Ross, and Dion Waiters were introduced, of course, the audience went crazy. Meek touched on his heavy Instagram flossin' photos, which I found to pretty interested. He said he puts those pictures on Instagram to motivate young people; basically displaying his nothing to everything story. He also spoke about how he was in a group prior to his solo success. He said to never let anyone hold you back, which is great advice. He left the group because they lacked ambition. I was so happy that he said that because a lot of young kids in the street will follow behind their friends and end up not going as far as they could have gotten following their own dreams,

We spoke to a few youngsters outside of the venue, just to get some feedback about the event. They were very excited and thankful for the chance to hear stories from industry leaders. Well done, Meek & Dion! #DCSummit was a success!

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