North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Roderick Fluellen is busy focusing on
the student part of the city's student-ath
letes. The former Winston-Salem State
University football player has founded a
mentor group that would offer student-ath
letes a place to cast
their worries and
focus on what's
important: being a
student before making
True Elite, is a
nonprofit, agency that
tutoring and prepara
tion for higher educa
tion. The agency's
goal is to provide
ships, in the form of
mentors, for student
athletes that promotes
sufficient skills and
the understanding of
the importance of
education. Its website
said that it beheyps
that this will enhance the chances of their
athletes becoming productive citizens.
Fluellen, a football and baseball coach
at Northwest Middle and Carver High
schools, said that he tried to do everything
to help his players.
"As an athlete, I found myself getting
stressed and overwhelmed due to class
room expectations" Fluellen said. "As I
was coaching and talking to the players, I
noticed that they were feeling the same
way I once felt. I found a plethora of
research that indicates that
student athletes are more
stressed, overwhelmed and
depressed due to high
demands. In worst
cases, students are
due to not being able
to find that balance."
So he created True
Fluellen, other board
members include E.
Tyron Scott, Gregory
Wilson, Tanya Purdie
and Jamaine Mack, all
targets middle and
high school athletes in
area and wants to help
them find a balance
that allows them to be
successful on and off the field.
The program is open to students ages
13 to 18 years old. Students would be
required to show up for an hour of tutoring
before going to practice. During that time,
students are expected to do homework or
study subjects in which they have low
grades or need assistance in per the stu
dents' report cards and progress reports.
Participants are required to maintain a
minimum grade point average of 3.0, grad
uate with their class, meet all qualifica
tions to ensure graduation and receive the
proper online sports-related exposure.
"Even if they have good grades, I still
try to make them attend so they can do
peer tutoring," he said.
Fluellen said that he has gotten good
feedback from the students, teachers and
the parents of Northwest and Carver.
"I've been receiving a lot of positive
feedback," he said. "My goal is to do a
, pilot program to open it up to other stu
dents. It's a lot of students who don't have
a great support system and fall between the
cracks. Tliey can't keep their grades up,
can't play and then stop coming to school."
Jalin Richardson said that
he loves the program.
"It helps me in class and
it also helps me become a
better person. He's a great
mentor and it's a great aca
demic program to have for
our athletes. Especially those
who need a lot of help in
class," he said.
The 17-year-old said he
would use the skills he
learned from True Elite when he begins at
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical
"This helps me to get higher test scores
and to become more of an independent
thinker," Richardson said. "In college, it
will help me become a better student. If
you don't have the resources at the time, if
you've already been trained and tutored,
then you should already know what you're
Fluellen said that the program would
also include community service projects
including Read^Across America, raising
money for children who need sports sup
plies, school supplies and sponsoring fam
ilies during the holiday season.
"Other children are looking up to them
who want to play high school sports," he
said. "They're role models.
Most importantly he hopes the pro
gram gives athletes a future.
"We preach that it's called student-ath
lete for a reason. Student comes before
athlete so before you can be an athlete you
need to be a student," he said. "We want
them to be able to have all the qualifica
tions needed to get accepted for higher
For more information on the True Elite
program, visit www.trueelite-ws.com.
Students who participated in True Elite went into elementary classrooms and read to stu
dents as part of Read Across America day.
True Elite participants have activities such as reading to
The Chronicle (USPS 067-910) was established by Ernest
H. Pitt and Ndubisi Egemonye in 1974 and is published
every Thursday by Winston-Salem Chronicle Publishing
Co. Inc., 617 N. Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, N.C.
27101. Periodicals postage paid at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Annual subscription price is $30.72.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to:
The Chronicle, P.O. Box 1636
Winston-Salem, NC 27102-1636
Fi?l oir weekly sales snd directlm? to but itores HliwS^
GOLDEN OR RED
10 LB BAG RUSSET
5 OZ CANS
MORNING FRESH FARM
12 PK., 12 OZ CANS
ICE CREAM NOVELTIES
6 T012 CT PKGS
ICE TEA OR
KM BEEF LIVERS
10 LB BAG
fn pork sirloin
lu fresh bone-in
BU NECK BONES OR
IJul PIGS FEET
915 Silas Creek Parkway
Mon-Sun 7:30 am -10 pm
Store (336) 724-6666
13015 Waughtown St.
Mon-Sun 7:30 am - 9 pm
Store (336) 771-2933