Hey preach, you bust me up!
"What if I don't want a new perspective?" How many times have you felt that from someone you are trying to converse with?
I also hear you on the reformation of the school system. Let's reform our political system while we are at it! Deal?
There were a few inner-city kids who struggled with authority. They also had issue's back home with friends getting killed, and family communication issue's. Intellect was not the issue, they did have to meet high standards to even enroll at a UC school, scholarship or not. The UC system is very strict with their student-athlete standards. Those are the things that made it tougher for them to maintain grades. To help the situation, one family actually moved to a better neighborhood. Now that's sacrifice, and one they could barely afford! I do know that the athlete was sending some of his scholarship money home just to help his brothers and sisters. The parents would not have any of that, so it was all incognito. Well, that young man just had a try-out for the Atlanta Hawks. Not sure he will make it, but that usually opens the door to Europe, and a healthy contract and life experience.
You are correct about the level of dedication these athletes possessed coming in. I could see the lack of possibilities without basketball in their lives.
Nice to hear about the diversity in your church! By the way, I'm Mexican-American, my wife is Jewish.