FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2013
Rhodes Scholar, Former NFL and Florida State Seminole Star Myron Rolle
Teams Up With Wells Fargo to Better Equip Youth in Foster Care for Life in the Classroom & Beyond
~Helps Define their “Rhodes to Success”~
Who: 50 Central Florida Teens within the foster care system, the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, Florida Department of Children and Families with Community Based Care of Central Florida, Heartland for Children and Kids Central Inc., along with lead sponsor Wells Fargo who contributed $50,000 in support of programs for foster teens across the state, including "Rhodes to Success."
What: ‘Rhodes to Success“ is an academic two-day event specifically designed by Myron Rolle, who excelled at Florida State athlete and student and then went on to study in Oxford, England as a Rhodes Scholar before entering the NFL draft. In recent years, Rolle has focused on teens in Florida’s foster care, creating new learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom - a reality in part by his own commitment but also strong network within the academic as well as NFL community. “Rhodes to Success” will be host by Rolle’s alma mater - Florida State University College of Medicine Orlando campus and will provide interactive learning sessions, engaging activities and guest speakers that will all serve to better equip these young students in life and in the classroom.
When: March 28, 29 from 9 -3pm
Where: Florida State University College of Medicine - 250 East Colonial Drive, Ste 200., Orlando, Fl
Why: “New statistics show the need for leaders in education, which I hope my NFL pedigree, Rhodes Scholarship and my future medical career afford me, to step up and intervene on behalf of the academic careers of Florida foster children,” explains Rolle. A national study showed that foster children attending public schools scored 16-20 percentile points below their peers in standardized tests – a focus at the forefront of leaders in the foster care system. “Few foster kids excel in academic subjects and many graduate later than expected. Couple this with the fact that 3 out of 10 homeless people in the US are former foster children and you know that there is something that must be done. And we are doing it," adds Rolle.