image  It’s very important for our high school students to understand, it’s a privilege to be a student athlete,its a position that they should not take lightly  they must understand when you have a platform you must exemplify impeccable character and integrity,because eyes are always on you. The influence that student athletes have on their  peers,is far more greater than what they can imagine,people look to you for guidance and inspiration. So you must accept the role of leadership. It’s a empowering role only given to a few and when you accept the responsibility to engage in athletics you are saying that you have accept that role. Dribbling a basketball is really easy, if you take time and practice,but what I’m doing here is challenging young people to engage their minds to embrace their greatness!!! Last year was our first year at unit 1 hoop source of giving awards to young people who are excelling not just on the basketball court,but also inside the classroom. We are constantly looking for young people who want more from life, greatness is a word that many people take lightly most people  acquainted it with being good at a particular thing. I always tell young people real greatness is when you know yourself,the first law of nature is self-preservation. So when you know yourself then you can be yourself,and in self is greatness,so you must as a young person master all of your weakness!! I tell young people all the time I don’t want your game I want your mind,because we live in a time in which we must encourage education at its highest form. I want to give you the reader some statistics that exist in America, that’s speaking about our 12 graders across the country,did you know: American 12 graders rank 19th out of 21 industrial countries in mathematical achievement: and 16th out of 21 nations in science.  And our advanced physics students rank dead last… This is America.

Only 32% of 4th graders are proficient in reading. 42 million American adults can not read at all and 50 million are unable to read at a higher level than is expected of a 4th grader or 5th grader!! So 92 million out of 300 million in the greatest nation on earth or educationally deficient. And that number increases by some 2.25 Million each year!!

This is why we highlight education and athletics,because we know that our children love to compete,but as a parent we must encourage our children to understand what education really is..  The word (educate) derived from a Latin term analogy: which means the development of your mind,so in order for us as mentors,coaches,teachers and educators, we must Drive the issue home to our student athletes take care of your business inside of the classroom!!!!! VEGAS ALL DAY! I THOUGHT YOU KNEW!! WE REP OUR CITY!!!!