Parents learn of 'recruiting realities'

DOWNEY - Jack Renkins, a nationally renown speaker on the ins and outs of the college recruiting process, spoke for an hour before a packed gymnasium April 19 at Apollo Park where he encouraged parents to get involved and learn the process of having their child recruited for athletics.The event also featured Reggie Ward, character coach at Downey High School. Ward spoke of his years as a football standout at Long Beach Poly, where he was recruited by Notre Dame before eventually making it to the NFL. Ward also focused much of his remarks on the six pillars of Character Counts. The event was the product of "High-5," an Apollo Park-based program that focuses on building positive character among athletes and providing resources and "a road map" to college. For more information on High-5, e-mail recreation supervisor Kevin Ellis at

********** Published: May 5, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 3