Dear Holly Grove Middle School Students:
I recently received a letter from someone who cares for you a great deal and like you to achieve your goals in school, learning, and life. I would like to encourage you to work hard in school and always do your best. The rewards will benefit you tremendously. Do not allow outside pressures to distract you from your positive goals in life. Always remember to be respectful to your parents, teachers and classmates. My basketball players would never have the opportunity to play for me if they had first not done well in school. In other words, setting your priorities is taking care of first things first. In your case, going to school and doing as well as you possibly can is tremendously important. In fact, my players participate in a program called “Take a Shot at Reading”. They go to elementary schools all over Durham and talk about the importance of receiving a high school diploma and going on to college.
I also believe that sports can be a tremendous outlet for young men and women to develop persistence, discipline, and teamwork or a spirit of cooperation with other people.
Take care and remember to always try your best!