When he graduates from high school, Rico, a football palyer at The Academies at Frederick Douglass High School says he wants to play football and study forensic science.
Rico, along with other student-athletes at the school, will now have some extra help reaching their post-graduation golas with a new program.
Frederick Douglass High School recently kicked off the 1st and Goal program, an exciting partnership between The Family League, NFL Player Engagement and the school to tutor student athletes and offer homework help. An academic coach will work with the students fulltime.
“We not only have talented football players. We not only have tough football players. We we have players who know the value of preparing for life after football by pursuing their college degree,” said Harry Swayne, former Baltimore Raven.
During the off season, the academic coach will implement a life skills curriculum along with help applying to college.
“My dreams for the future are not just to play in the NFL but to play in college and major in auto mechanics,” said Daniel, a student at Frederick Douglass..
The school hopes to expand the program next fall to allow all student-athletes the chance to work with the academic coach.
"Although this is a pilot program now, we have a vision that this effort will be expanded in the future," said Jonathon Rondeau, Family League's CEO."It is the Family League's mission to make families stronger in Baltimore and programs like this, which combine academic achievement and school activity,does just that."