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ConVal to host talk for college-bound athletes

The road to college for athletes is no longer lined with traditional mile markers. It used to be that batting averages, points per game or yards per carry paved the way for sports stars. Nowadays, one more percentage is carrying more and more weight. It’s called the grade point average.

The days of athletes dreaming to “Be Like Mike” and parents’ dreams of having a scholarship pay for an education and a lucrative future for their child-student-athlete have vastly changed over the last generation or so. In fact, there is a lot more work to hitting a home run than just hitting home runs.

A seminar to prepare parents and athletes for the recruiting road ahead — complete with all its bumps — will be held tonight at ConVal’s Lucy Hurlin Theater. “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” will provide information and topics for every student-athlete in middle and high school and their parents to educate and prepare them for opportunities and careers after graduation. Many student-athletes who aspire to play at the college level are not familiar with the ins and outs of academic requirements and eligibility as they need to be in order to pursue their goals.

The program was designed by Rick Wire, president of Dynamite Sports, a Pennsylvania-based corporation, who is the father of nine-year NFL veteran Coy Wire. This seminar will provide families with information about the availability of athletic scholarships and the realities of the college recruiting process.

Interested participants are asked to come early, if possible, to receive a number of handouts and watch a pre-program video.

Rick Wire found himself looking for answers when his then 8-year-old son, Coy, started talking about being a college football star. Wire hadn’t attended college himself and decided he had better start preparing for the future. He questioned other parents who had been through the process, looking for pros and cons and ways to prepare financially. In the end, his son earned a scholarship to play football at Stanford University. Then in 2002, Coy Wire was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. He played for Buffalo for six seasons and then finished his career for the past three seasons as a captain and player rep with the Atlanta Falcons.

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