Darius is in 5th grade and does not take school seriously. His parents are hearing impaired, so my attempt to talk to them at a school function failed. I had a chance to strike up a conversation with him and hopefully I got him to think.
MR. BOWERS: What do you want to be when you grow up?
DARIUS: A football player.
MR. BOWERS: Me, too, but I'm too short. However, a small, fast kid like you could make it to the NFL. Where does the NFL get their players?
MR. BOWERS: And where do colleges get their players?
DARIUS: High School.
MR. BOWERS: And so on, right? Have you heard of, "No pass, no play?" If you don't pass your classes, you can't play on the team.
MR. BOWERS: Think about Beyonce, she's from Houston, just like you. What do you think she was doing when she was a kid? Don't you think she was taking dance classes? Some singing lessons? Practicing? How do you think she was doing in school? I'll bet she took it seriously. Do you play football now?
MR. BOWERS: Then you're on the right path. Don't let your your path get blocked because of your grades.