Education is the key to success. The ticket to a life of providing for the people that you love the most. The life raft away from poverty and towards a life that gives you options and choices to live the life you always dreamed of. We take education serious.
Education is an interesting word. When mentioned we think of the classroom and the importance of everything associated with schools. We think of high school and college degrees and the beauty of educational achievement. This is only one side of the story. Education is about work ethic. Education is about getting trained after high school in an area that the student has interest. Education is about networking, learning to speak to adults, and making decisions between the ages of 16-22 so that ages 22-82 can be all that it can be! We must care about the student athlete. If you can shoot a layup but not read a book, you are not going anywhere. We want our athletes to look at themselves as scholar athletes. Grades matter. We will provide our athletes an academic safety net. We will have programs in place to help the young person with struggles they have in school.
More Than Athletes wants to bridge the gap with kids who need help and adults who would love to help. We care about school attendance. If the child does not go to school, then they are not going to practice. We know that school attendance has a direct correlation with academic success. We know there are kids across the great city of Kansas City that struggle with math and reading. While it may appear that the need is too great. We know the desire to help these children is far greater than the need. We just need to connect the dots. We need to create the bridge between the students who need help and the great people who are willing and ready to step in and show these young people that they can learn. More Than Athletes is the bridge. We are a group of teachers and adults who are passionate about young people and we will shamelessly use sports to impact young people’s reading, math, and ACT scores.