Former Gopher Inspires Student Athletes As MPS AD « WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The graduation rate for student athletes in Minneapolis Public Schools is on the rise.

This year and last, 99 percent of athletes graduated.

Now, the district is looking to make that 100 percent.

Many say the dramatic increase in graduation rates is due to a new way of balancing academics and athletics brought to the district by Athletic Director Trent Tucker.

WCCO’s Reg Chapman has more on how the a former U of M basketball standout uses his life lessons to drive home the importance of education to his student athletes.

“I think that sports at Patrick Henry changed my life,” said Javien Versey.

Javien Versey says being a student athlete at Patrick Henry High School changed his life for the better.

“Before I started doing sports I wasn’t the greatest in the classroom,” Versey said.

Versey says a culture of winning was established in the classroom and on the athletic field, a culture that has them striving to be their best academically as…

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