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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, July 01, 1993, Image 19

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4 ■®{)C Cljatlottc SPORTS 7B THURSDAY July 1,1993 Program's Aim Is Real Scholar-Athletes By Herbert L. White THE CHARLOTTE POST Charlotte-Mecklenburg athletes can be as good In class as on the field with a new academic program. Gladwyn Teague, program manager for Project 4.0, says high school athletes who may flunk Charlotte- Mecklenburg’s 2.0 grade- point requirements next year can Improve their chances in the tutoring pro gram. "It's geared to at-risk ath letes," he said. The 2.0 requirement, which goes into effect in the 1993- 94 school year, was attacked by some coaches who said it would discriminate against black students, especially In the revenue-producing foot ball and basketball pro grams. Project 4.0 alms to help at-risk students get "A lot of our students feel education isn't for them. But if we could get athletes to buy into it, then maybe it, then maybe it would start a trickle-down effect." Project 4.0 program manager Gladwyn Teague their priorities in order: im- "A lot of our students feel proving their grades while education isn't for them," keeping them eligible for Teague said. "But if we could sports get athletes to buy into it. All- America Football Camp FROM NEWS SERVICES Former National Football League players and local high school and college coaches will help inner city youth win the bluest game of their lives while learning a little football July 19-23 at the all-American Football Camp at Memorial Stadium. Founded by former New York Jets running back and Charlotte native Tim New man, the All-American Football Camp is a football skills camp with a goal that goes far beyond teaching young boys how to run, block, catch and pass. "Our focus is toward lower- mcome kids who come from one-parent families and drug-infested communities. In the black community to day, many boys are coming up without a father. They need a male figure, other than a drug pusher, to be a role model. As athletes, we have the respect of these kids; they look up to us. As counselors at the camp, our goal is to be role models and to show the kids they can be successful by working hard and staying In school and out of trouble," says New man, a graduate of 01)mipic High School and Johnson C. Smith. Guest speakers for the camp will discuss HIV/ AIDS awareness, drug pre vention, staying in school, good study habits, manners, and peer pressure. Counselors include college and high school coached, such as Jim Seacord of Prov idence High School; Delano Little, WBTV sportscaster; and former NFL players such as A1 Pearman of the Balti more Colts, Mike Slani of the Oakland Raiders, and Steve Rankin of the Phila delphia Eagles. There will also be an Awards Banquet on July 23 at 7 p.m. More than 40 youths will attend the camp free of charge with transportation and lunch Included thanks to the support from individu als and local businesses. 'We operate solely through the generosity of the Char lotte community, says New man. "Churches are provid ing vans to transport the kids. Charlotte Sports has donated 20 footballs and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Nutrition is provid ing food for the week." From his days growing up in Charlotte's inner city, Newman knows the value of a week at a football camp. "My life changed the day I heard former Helsman Tro phy winner Archie Griffin speak at a football camp. I wanted to be Archie Griffin. I wanted to win the Heisman Trophy, and to do that, I knew I had to go to college. For more information about the All-American Football Camp, call Tim Newman at 573-1585. Go Deep Charlotte Rage wide receiver Ryan Bethea, in his first game with the Rage since leavh^ the CffnnHinn Football League, goes deep for a pass in the Rage's loss last week to the Orlando Predators in an Arena Football game at the Charlotte Coliseum. The Rage has lost four in a row heading into Friday's game at Cleveland. Athletes Can ReaUy Go To The Bank With Securities Program By Herbert L. White THE CHARLOTTE POST James Trapp and Wayne Simmons are going to make a lot of money m the NFL. And a Charlotte bank is looking to help them put it in a nice, safe place. NationsBank has a pro gram to help professional athletes and entertainers in vest their earnings, which the company officially in troduced last week. The Pro fessional Sports and Enter tainment Group is designed to help people like Trapp, a rookie defensive back with the Los Angeles Raiders, and Simmons, a linebacker with the Green Bay Packers, In vest their earnings wisely. "Traditionally, athletes have been bombed when they get out," Trapp said. "I know when I get out. I'll have some money." The program will be headed by Mike Sianl, a former Oak land Raiders and Baltimore Colts player. In his 10-year NFL career, he saw too many examples of what Trapp and Simmons are trying to avoid. "One of the saddest things I've seen is seeing former players leaving the game with nothing to show for it except bruised and battered bodies," Siani said. "One of the thmgs we're trying to do with our clients is to make sure it doesn't happen." Working with Slani are a couple of former athletes who are now financial man agers: Earl Layne and Da nielle Lares. The bank cur rently has consumer banking relationships with 257 professional athletes, which includes 92 football players. Ultimately, the bank wants to represent the then maybe it would start a trickle-down effect." Teague said 30 vol unteers have al ready signed up as tutors and area businesses and colleges have pledged their sup port with tutors. Sessions will be held across the coun ty and students will be required to keep track of their progress. Project 4.0, which was school warm started last year to luke- response. should have a better reception during the fall sports sea son. "Last semester, we put it out to stu dent-athletes. It didn't get the re sponse we wanted but we hope to have a greater impact," Teague said. BASKETBALL Charlotte Pro-Am PHOTO/JABIES BROWN Scott Adams swats of Fox 18 away Cleveland McCrae's shot during Pro-Am action last week at Queens. pro-college division Radiator Specialty Pepsi Philip Morris Fox 18 A1 Mattison-State Farm NationsBank Sandwich Construction Bealer Bud Li^t 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 June 26 results: • NationsBank 108 Bealer Bud Light: Bershaun Thompson 31 points and Walter Aikens 24 points for NationsBank. • Radiator Specialty 92 Philip Morris 86: Byron Dinkins had 17 pomts and 7 assists and Dante Johnson added 19 points and 12 rebounds. • Pepsi 94 Fox 18 91: Henry Williams had 23 points and Jarvis Lang had 21 points for the winners. • A1 Mattison State Farm 93 Sandwich Construction 76: Ray mond Lawson and Steve Rooks combined for 44 points. June 27 results: • Radiator Specialty 99 Sandwich Construction 95: Dante Johnson led Radiator Specialty with 26 points and 16 re bounds. Byron Dinkins added 24 points and 6 assists. • Fox 18 96 Bealer Bud Light 87: Scott Adams led Fox 18 with 10 rebounds and 2 blocks and Delano Johnson had 21 points. • Philip Morris 89 NationsBank 76: Four players had four or more rebounds, led by Jermaine Parker's 8. • Pepsi 87 Mattison State Farm: Henry Williams had 24 points See PRO-AM On Page SB top draft choices in the NFL and NBA, although the door will be open to established athletes in other sports as well. There are about 3,500 athletes in major league football, baseball, basket ball and hockey. "I don't know. I don't think it would be too ambitious to say half of them (as new cus tomers)," Sianl said. NationsBank isn't going into player representation, Siani said. What the bank is trying to do is serve athletes with investments and long term money management. 'We're in the business of managing other people's money," said NationsBank CEO Hugh McColl. 'We like to think we have a track record. People trust us." Siam said the program isn't like the much- ballyhooed Nike manage- See PLAYERS On Page SB PHOTO /HERBERT L. WHITE James Trapp and Wajme Simmons help NationsBank CEO Hugh McColl some football gear at a press conference.

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