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Earl Monroe set to open a charter school in the South Bronx

Earl Monroe set to open a charter school in the South Bronx

Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe is looking to give back to the New York community through education and basketball. Today, Earl Monroe opened a specialized basketball school in the South Bronx, New York. The Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball School has the mission of creating opportunities and careers in basketball. Though basketball-focused, the school will center on the academics of basketball and future skills.

“We got a lot of different things they can major in with the New York state curriculum. They can go into broadcast, print journalism, design, marketing, and other areas. All these things are a part of the game itself.”Earl Monroe

The first of its kind, the New Renaissance School, reflects Earl Monroe’s desire to give back to the community for who he won an NBA Championship in 1973. Additionally, the unique school will allow students to explore different aspects of sports that go beyond the game itself.

BOSTON, MA - 1970: Earl Monroe #15 of the New York Knicks shoots a free throw against the Boston Celtics during a game circa 1970 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1970 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

While the school is the first of its kind, it isn’t the first time Monroe has sought to give back to the community through education. In the 1980s, Monroe had a summer school with similar aspirations to the New Renaissance School. However, this new school is the result of multiple collaborators bringing that idea to the next level.

After observing Monroe’s work in the community, Dan Klores approached Monroe about the idea of the school. Klores is an award-winning film director and the founder of the New Renaissance Basketball Association. In addition to Klores, Monroe has received support from former commissioner David Stern, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the NBA Foundation, among others.

Setting up students to succeed

While the school focuses on basketball, normal subjects will also be offered. Though Monroe grew up in Philadelphia, he was passionate about giving kids in New York the chance at success. New York has long been a basketball city, and Monroe has played an essential part in their basketball history. Through his school, he may form some of New Yorks’ basketball future. It seems fitting that Monroe’s school comes when the Knicks are having a renaissance themselves.