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High school’s post­game program teaches athletes to appreciate business, as well as sports

Originally posted on WJLA.com. Written by By Leon Harris.

GREENBELT, Md. (WJLA) ­- Thanks to an innovative program at one local Maryland high school, student athletes are learning to think “outside the game” and plan ahead for a career off the field.

It’s all part of “FLYE Fridays,” a team­bonding and motivational series held after practice the night before every game at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, in which athletes­turned­successful ­businesspeople talk to the student athletes about their experiences in business after their professional sports careers ended.

Former Redskins wide receiver Gary Clark talked this week with the school’s football team, about life after the gridiron.

“When you get out, you go, OK what am I gonna do now?” Clark explained.

He elaborated athletes need to learn to become men outside of the sport, too.

“Just basic etiquette … the different things that basically teach an athlete to become a man outside of the sport,” he said.

“FLYE” stands for “Future Leaders and Young Entrepreneurs.” It’s the brainchild of two former Roosevelt athletes, who thought it was time to give back.

“I want them to learn entrepreneurship. I want them to learn how to be professional, how to turn their passions into realities,” said FLYE Fridays co­founder Sam Sesay.

“We try to get very distinct former NFL or athletic individuals that have either transitioned to be business owners, or in some way shape or form an entrepreneur,” explained co­founder Cortni Grange.

Former NFL cornerback Leigh Bodden treated the team to some rap.

“There is future after football. I don’t care who you are, you are gonna have to do something afterwards, and to start young and start at this age is very essential for these young individuals,” Bodden said.

“Come FLYE With Us” is their motto. While athletics are great, the co­founders say, they should not define who you are ­ they want to create athletes who “amaze on the field, while astounding the world of business at the same time.”

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