The San Francisco 49ers announced a program Monday that will give 100 at-risk schoolboys an opportunity to get off the streets and into a classroom at Stanford University this summer to learn football techniques, as well as language, math and life skills.
The Youth Impact Program was founded by three-time Super Bowl champion and former 49ers alum Riki Ellison in 2003 to educate boys between 9 and 12 years old who live in inner cities and are below the poverty line.
The program has been offered at Tulane and Syracuse universities, but this is the first time it is being offered in the Bay Area.
As part of the curriculum, the boys will learn about topics such as gang prevention, conflict resolution, health issues and leadership.
The students were selected from the 49ers Academy, Willow Oaks Elementary School in Menlo Park, and three San Jose schools, including Quimby Oaks Middle School, Luther Burbank School, and Clyde L. Fischer Middle School.
The program will run from July 5 through July 29 at Stanford University and will include on-campus meals, transportation and free athletic clothing apparel.