You may have caught a glimpse of one familiar wide receiver on an unusual network platform as you surfed your morning TV today.
Braylon Edwards made an appearance on CNN’s “American Morning” to discuss his “Advance 100″ program, an educational initiative started by his foundation in 2007.
And an impressive program it is. A large partof it is that for the 100 Cleveland high school students who have met its requirements, each will receive $10,000 toward his or her college tuition. That’s a cool million in help for at-risk kids.
“Growing up in Detroit, I went to public high school there for three years,” Edwards, speaking from Southfield, Mich., told the CNN morning team. “A lot of these kids, they didn’t have support at all. They didn’t have the parents, the grandmothers, the guardians. They have a lot of talent, ability and smarts but no guidance, so they weren’t making the right decisions. I saw that growing up and I just always wanted to help if I could.
“With this program, we showed them somebody actually cared for them, supported them, and they could do the things asked of them in the classroom.”
The requirements set up by Braylon, his mother and father and his foundation, were for each student to achieve at least a 2.5 GPA, work 15 hours of community service a month, and attend twice-a-month workshops, some of which involved learning basic social skills such as tying a necktie, shaking hands and giving speeches.
Besides the scholarships, the students in the program also received school essentials such as laptops and other accessories. And to help them get started on the next level, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland will give each student seven college credits for work achieved in the Advance 100 Program.
“It’s a great program,” Edwards said. “We did a lot with these kids, and I’m proud of my foundation team for doing this the past four years.”
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