Pitbull Opening Sports Leadership Charter School in Miami

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18 Aug 2013 | Education

Pitbull is giving children in his old stomping grounds a slammin’ opportunity…

The 32-year-old Cuban American rap superstar has announced plans to open SLAM, or the Sports Leadership and Management School in Little Havana, the Miami neighborhood where he grew up.

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It’s “all about giving back to the neighborhood in any way, shape or form,” says Pitbull.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Pitbull said he sees the education as the “real revolution.”

“There is no way you can tackle any obstacle or any issue around the world if you’re not educated.”

“My mother always told me two of the most dangerous diseases in the world are ignorance and greed,” said Pitbull. “That’s why we have to educate. That’s why I fight for it and that’s why I feel it’s the real revolution.”

The goal behind SLAM, which will be run by a non-profit that is part of the national charter school management company, will be to show kids that learning is sexy.

“What happens is that education is no longer sexy, it’s no longer cool,” he said in the video interview.

By focusing on preparing kids for careers in the sports field, Pitbull hopes to show schools that they can create curriculum that entertains and engages Today’s generation of students.

“I can speak from the heart when it comes to charter schools for the simple fact that teachers have changed my life,” said Pitbull.

“I had a second grade teacher who taught me there is a way out and then I had an 11th grade teacher, Ms. Martinez, who taught me to believe in myself.”

“That’s the same thing I want to do,” Pitbull added. “One way or another just make it fun again to learn.”


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