Sports youth club teaches importance of college education

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A sports youth basketball club is teaching students the importance of a college education by splitting time between the court and the classroom.

"We don't want our kids to be good at basketball but not able to accept opportunities to attend college because of their academic situation, whether it's their grades or their regents or SAT. We offer programs that address all of those,"  says Coach Harris Friess.

The students spend their morning training with professional coaches and spending time in the weight room.

However, in the afternoon, the students hit the books.

Unlike a traditional sports clinic, the Brooklyn Youth Sports Club splits time between athletics and studying, organizers say.

The students receive tutoring and SAT prep help. 

"The main goal really for any student athlete or basketball player is to go to college for free and to use their talents to take them to college," Friess says.

The club helps place athlete students from low-income neighborhoods into college.

The program has a 100 percent college turnover rate, and has sent 200 students off to college thus far.  

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