Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Andre Agassi

As much as I do enjoy tennis, this isn't about sport today. It is about a man with an incredible vision.

This year marked the first graduation for students attending the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy:

"The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy (AACPA) is a model charter school whose goal is to offer academic programs designed to enhance a child's character, respect, motivation and self-discipline. Located in the heart of Las Vegas' most at-risk neighborhood, AACPA was created specifically to improve skill levels and combat lowered academic expectations while creating a climate of hope among this community's most challenged children. Advanced technology, smaller class sizes and extended school hours are just some of the practices the AACPA utilizes to achieve a higher standard of education."

Every single student in the graduating class has been accepted to college. Every single one.

At an award ceremony last week, the U.S. Open celebrated Agassi's contribution to humanity. During his speech he quoted one of the commencement speakers,"She said that some who are short-sighted have labeled us as at-risk," Agassi said. "She said that was right. That we are at-risk. At risk of excellence."

You can read the entire article from the Los Angeles Times here.

Day 15 of 31 (yes I am pretending that I have not missed any postings)

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