Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Detroit Public Schools’ families are encouraged to attend a seminar, “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete,” designed to prepare parents and student-athletes for the recruiting process.
Conducted by Rick Wire, president of Dynamite Sports, the hour-long seminar will be held Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Renaissance High School auditorium for west side schools, and Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the M.L. King High School auditorium for east side schools. Counselors and coaches are asked to be present at 6 p.m. for specialized instruction geared just for them.
In addition to providing families with information about the availability of athletic scholarships, the seminar will discuss academic requirements and other ins and outs of college recruitment.
According to his press release, Wire found himself looking for answers when his son was developing as a football student-athlete. Wire, who didn’t attend college, began asking questions of other parents who had been through the recruiting process and wound up creating the Dynamite Sports Educational Recruiting System, which combines academic preparation and athletic training with marketing and recruiting strategies to navigate through the process.
Wire’s son, Coy, ultimately earned a scholarship to play at Stanford and, in 2002, was chosen in the third round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, where he played six seasons and finished his pro career after three seasons with Atlanta Falcons.
Wire used his study to become a speaker and expert on the recruiting process. His plan involves giving guidance to high school student-athletes and parents as well as staff development training and resources to high school coaches and counselors. The goal is to help all parties make smart choices and decisions regarding college athletics and recruiting.
Alvin L. Ward, Sr., DPS Office of Athletics’ executive director, is encouraging parents, counselors, coaches and 8th-12th grade student-athletes to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn vital information about the college athletic scholarship and recruiting process.
Shelia McBride, founder of GradeCheck.net, which has helped dozens of DPS and other student-athletes navigate the recruitment process, will be special guest speaker at both the April 7 and April 8 seminar sessions.