The third annual “Champions for Choice” event was held last night in Los Angeles and featured athletes and celebrities in town for the ESPYS.
“Many of the athletes,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel of the American Federation for Children, “come from humble backgrounds. They know what happened to many of their classmates who couldn’t make it out of failing schools. And they know that athletic skills good enough to play in the NBA and NFL shouldn’t be the only way out of poverty for these kids, as is too often the case.”
“That’s why they’re supporting school choice,” Chavous added.
“When you talk about school choice, whether it’s charter schools, it’s important that people recognize the importance of getting a great education,” said ESPN’s Steven A. Smith.
Not allowing parents to chose where their children are educated is “such a problem,” said professional women’s boxing legend Laila Ali. “It’s really important that parents are able to pick where they want to send their kids to school, where they can get the best teachers and the best education so that these communities can flourish.”
“An athletic scholarship shouldn’t be a child’s best opportunity to receive an education,” said Jalen Rose, a former NBA All-Star. “That’s not right and it’s not fair. Neither luck nor the ability to dribble a basketball should be the only tickets out of an underperforming school. It is well past time that our elected officials enact common sense reform to save a generation of children from a fate they do not deserve.”
“Many young people in America today face a harsh reality,” Rose wrote in the Orange County Register. “Their fate in life is determined by their ZIP code. For an overwhelming number of African Americans and other minorities, having the wrong ZIP code keeps you from a high school diploma, a college degree, and a future that offers you opportunities that match your talents.”
Earlier this year, the American Federation for Children released an emotional web ad calling for more school choice in America. Among others, that web ad starred gold medal swimmer Janet Evans, Cosby Show actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders who co-founded Prime Pre Academy Charter School. The ad, “Educational Choice Now,” was populated by a number of prominent black celebrities advocating governments to adopt school choice initiatives as a way to free kids who are trapped in poor inner city schools.
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read more.
Send this to friend