Impact of a scholarship: Len Elmore
Elmore never really thought of basketball for his future. “I certainly knew basketball could be a way to go to college, but I wasn’t really accomplished; I was just learning to play the game. However, in his sophomore year letters started pouring in from small schools, and once he entered his freshman year the big names started to emerge, the Maryland, among many others.
It wasn’t long before the Terp set its sights on the University of Maryland. “When you dream of a college campus, you have to see Maryland.” Not only was the idyllic campus a bestseller for Elmore, he greatly appreciated the proximity to his home, the large African-American community, the important options to satisfy his interest in law, and Cole Field House.
Thinking back to her time in Maryland, Elmore can’t identify a specific moment as her favorite as they were all so memorable. “In the four years, I’ve only lost two games on the Cole Field House floor,” Elmore recalls. He’s so grateful for the memories he made playing in front of 14,500 screaming fans; adrenaline was like no other.
Elmore also remembers his time at McKeldin Mall. “Back then there was only flat grass, a few alleys and people sitting, talking, throwing the Frisbee and having fun.” The mall is where Elmore met his wife and many other classmates he’s still connected with today. “This kind of community interaction was irreplaceable.”