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Student Aces Reaches 500 Student-Athletes Trained as Part of FPL-Sponsored Initiative

DaJuan Morgan, a former NFL defensive back with the Kansas City Chiefs, recently participated in a Student ACES leadership initiative sponsored by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), that focuses on training third- and senior-year high school students from public and private educational institutions the values and principles of leadership, such as honor, humility and integrity, through interaction with important sport figures, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Morgan, a Student ACES representative, led South Miami Senior High School student-athletes through a team-building exercise that has now reached more than 500 participants in Miami-Dade County.

“Our athletes gained valuable insight into how to be team leaders, how to motivate players within their teams and how to work together,” said Paula Raflowitz, athletic director, South Miami Senior High School. “The team bonding activities were fantastic; it was such a pleasure to see these athletes having fun outside the scope of their teams.”

Participants also received the book Building Blocks of Leadership for Young Adults, written by Buck Martinez, founder of Student ACES, as a resource to help them better grasp and apply valuable lessons that will serve as a foundation for the rest of their lives.

Student ACES, founded in 2013, is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing leadership programs, mentoring, scholarships and internship opportunities for high school students. The organization is impacting the lives of students who so desperately need it. Student ACES focus is to inspire, train and mentor a community of student ACES who exemplify leadership traits in athletics, community service and education. The inspiration for Student ACES is derived from a deep desire to see every student achieve a foundation of successful leadership that will permanently generate positive outcomes in their lives and for the next generation.

Student ACES relies solely on contributions and sponsors. The organization’s success is measured by the positive impact to as many high school students as possible. Students participate in the organization’s programs at no cost to them. For more information or to donate, please visit studentacesforleadership.com.

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