Steve Kelley caught up with Brandon Roy (left), the ex-Washington Husky star and NBA All-Star for the Portland Trail Blazer, and wrote a nice column about the benefits of tutoring.
It seems Roy needed a lot of help academically during his days at Garfield High and credits tutoring for saving his career.
“I was scared,” he said. “I was really insecure in class. But I got lucky and got hit with a rude awakening as a sophomore. But a lot of guys I know got hit after high school, when it was too late. Once I figured it out and realized you have to show up for these tutoring sessions and you have to ask for help, it made things a lot easier in my life.”
Roy is a spokesman for the A Plus Youth Program at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club, which combines basketball with academic tutoring and civic engagement workshops.
He’ll be the keynote speaker at the “Change the Game Breakfast”, 8 a.m. June 17 at Rainier Vista located at 4600 38th Avenue South in Seattle.
“Looking back on it now, there probably were guys out there better than me,” Roy said. “But I was fortunate enough to have somebody who took my education as seriously as they did my basketball. The tutoring I got taught me to have balance in my life.
“Everything that I went through, I wish that my brother (Ed) had been able to go through. That’s the only reason I’m in the position I’m in now. He had better basketball, but I had better tutoring. I wish there had been a program for him, like A Plus. It definitely hurts me to see him not able to realize his dreams.”
May 30, 2010 at 8:14 AM
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