Following through on an offered incentive for participation in the recent Back to School parade, the Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Athletics presented a $500 check to each of the district’s nine football-playing high schools Thursday at a program hosted by GradeCheck.net in its Detroit Tech Town office.
In addition to the cash donation, the athletic programs at Cass Tech, Cody, Douglass, East English Village, King, Northwestern, Osborn, Renaissance and Western each were presented with one-year paid subscriptions for five student-athletes to receive GradeCheck.net’s academic support and monitoring services.
GradeCheck.net, a DPS-approved and authorized Title I provider, is an internet-based system that gives parents the skills and resources needed to support and monitor their student-athlete’s academic progress, ensuring their preparation to meet graduation and NCAA academic eligibility requirements.
The cost of 45 GradeCheck.net one-year subscriptions was picked up by DPS’ Office of Athletics at the promotional rate of $89.25 per subscription. The promotional rate, 25 percent off the regular cost, is available to all DPS high school student-athletes.
“GradeCheck has been approved by the NCAA and has been instrumental in many high school scholar-athletes gaining admittance to college,’’ said DPS Executive Director of Athletics Alvin L. Ward, Sr. “I would hope that our schools and coaches urge our scholar-athletes and their parents to take advantage of this excellent resource.”
Shelia McBride, GradeCheck.net founder and CEO, outlined the benefits of GradeCheck during Thursday’s hour-long program, speaking to an audience of Detroit Public School League student-athletes, athletic coordinators, coaches and supporters.
“GradeCheck.net has over 14 years of experience working closely with students across the nation, including many DPS students,’’ McBride said. “We look forward to having the opportunity to work with DPS as a resource to provide the additional support and academic tracking that many student-athletes need.”
Also in attendance as invited guests Thursday were DPS Interim Superintendent Dr. John Telford, Board of Education President LaMar Lemmons, PSL Alumni Sports Association, Inc. president Mitchell Aclise and vice president William Tidwell, Willie Burton, president of Educated Stars of Tomorrow, Chetrice Gillon of Take the L.E.A.D., Inc., and Scott Harrison of White Collar Sports.