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SBD/July 30, 2012/Franchises
Sources: Pera's Search For Local Grizzlies Partners Not Based On Financial Need
Published July 30, 2012
GETTING SCHOOLED: The AP’s Adrian Sainz noted the Grizzlies have “created and sponsored” Grizzlies Prep School, a “new boys-only charter middle school opening” today. The downtown Memphis school “starts with 75 sixth-graders, adding a grade per year until it’s grades six through eight.” The curriculum is “challenging, with a strong focus on math and literacy.” The goal is “not only to prepare students for college but also to teach them to be responsible, productive men in a city where too many young males get wrapped up in crime and gangs.” School Dir Elizabeth Simpson said that the “typical student comes from parts of the city zoned for a failing middle school.” About 90% of the students are African-American, and “many come from low-income families.” Parents submitted applications and students “were selected by lottery.” Active players, coaches and other franchise members “will visit the school and interact with the students directly.” Simpson said, “The Grizzlies really want to have a powerful impact, and education is such a great way to do that” (AP, 7/28).