TALLADEGA, AL – In partnership with the City of Talladega, the Omega Academy of Science and Fine Arts has acquired the Talladega Golf Course and the Eastside Head Start building. These acquisitions will be used to provide education and sports initiatives to underserved communities.

The Omega Academy of Science and Fine Arts is a public-private partnership led by Dr. Mark E. Stevens, Vanessa Williams-Nash, Lamar D. Williams, and Dr. Shaquille O’Neal. Its mission is to provide solutions that enrich education and child development options to diverse communities by leveraging the organizers’ relationships with corporate partners using Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Motivated and inspired by Dr. David Marion, Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Dr. Stevens undertook the challenge to find a new and innovative pathway to educational equity and inclusion.

The Omega Academy of Science and Fine Arts will provide services to individuals and families whose quality of life has been negatively impacted by poverty, unemployment, homelessness,crime, and inadequate public education services. The Academy’s resources will provide an alternative education platform and child development options for the community.

Plans include utilizing portions of the old golf course to create a golf school or six-hole loop course and driving range for the the city on the current 38-arce property. The program will enable youth to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges by seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a curriculum focused on diverse life skills.

Talladega City manager Seddrick Hill Sr. speaks during the ribbon cutting ceremony for Omega Golf Academy on June 17, 2022. Photo courtesy of The Daily Home.

Dr. Marion stated, ”Our historic organization is proud to partner with the Omega Academy of Science and Fine Arts in an effort to continue our legacy of building and developing tomorrow’s leaders. This partnership is an innovative solution to addressing the great challenges that many of our communities and cities are facing today.”

Talladega City Manager Seddrick Hill Sr., a Talladega College alumnus, noted that the city is undergoing a transformation that includes knocking down dilapidated, abandoned buildings; combating crime more aggressively; beautifying public spaces; and creating resolutions and ordinances that will help make the city a better place to live, work, and do business. He believes the academies will have a ”tremendous impact.”

Hill stated, ”The Omega Academy of Science and Fine Arts and the Omega Golf Academy will increase hope, opportunity and pride in Talladega.”

The Omega Academy of Science and Fine Arts plans to hire many of the same staff and previous student that attended the Eastside Academy in the past years.

During a recorded messages shared at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 17, 2022, Dr. Shaquille O’Neal praised Mr. Hill for helping to transform Talladega.

”When I do something, I do it big cause I’m still a kid at heart,” says O’Neal.

For more information, email Dr. Mark E. Stevens, Vanessa Williams-Nash or Lamar D. Williams at admin@theomegaaosafa.org.

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