Goal to prepare players for life on and off the field after high school

Detroit, Mich., May 28, 2020 – This summer, 50 football players from 13 Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) high schools will receive access to Beyond Basics’ online tutoring program through the Sound Mind Sound Body Foundation, an effort to help students achieve success on and off the field.

“For many years we have looked to connect our program with student-athletes to help them achieve the highest level of success possible,” said Pamela Good, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Beyond Basics. “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with DPSCD to give student-athletes the tools to take advantage of their opportunities on the field, in the classroom, and for the rest of their lives.”

Through the initiative, the student-athletes will receive ten weeks of tutoring in one of three levels from Beyond Basics, based on their assessment results. All student-athletes in the program will receive one hour of one-on-one tutoring per day, five days a week.

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About Beyond Basics: Launched in 2002, Beyond Basics, a literacy-focused nonprofit offers a range of individual tutoring, group learning and other multi-sensory programming to dramatically improve the literacy skills of students across Metropolitan Detroit. Beyond Basics has a proven track record of getting kids reading at grade level in an average of six weeks. Beyond Basics is dedicated to one-on-one reading, tutoring and literacy enrichment programs for K-12 students in Metropolitan Detroit. Beyond Basics’ proven methods unlock the miracle and power of reading and open a whole new world and future to those who need it most.

About Sound Body Sound Mind: Through a unique curriculum that balances books and ball, since 2004, Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy has served over 10,000 students worldwide, providing opportunity for over 2,000 to attend college on a full scholarship. This year, 12 SMSB student-athletes were selected in the NFL draft — many have designated SMSB the top program in America for comprehensive student-athlete development.

About Detroit Public Schools Community District: Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is Michigan’s largest public education system. It is governed by a locally-elected, seven-member board with Dr. Nikolai Vitti serving as superintendent. The District’s mission is to provide every student with a beneficial and rightful educational experience, preparing students to be career and college ready, and qualified to compete in the global market. The District has more than 100 schools and educates 50,000 children. For more information, visit detroitk12.org. 

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