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Pros help to fund SAT, ACT prep courses for student athletes

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Regardless of how good a high school athlete is, he or she won't have any future in their chosen sport if they don't meet adequate academic support, both in classwork and standardized testing.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones

While professional athletes can't do much about grades in school, a handful of pros have stepped forward to do what they can to help make standardized tests a bit less daunting for those who struggle with them.

According to the New York Daily News, a handful of athletes have stepped forward to partner with the eKnowledge corporation to provide significant software discounts for computerized SAT and ACT prep for needy students.

Thanks to the intervention of Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, Detroit Lions linebacker (and West Point grad) Caleb Campbell and others, computerized prep courses which would normally sell for $199 are available to students for just $17.55, the cost of shipping and processing the software sets.

"The main thing is the economic struggles of the average person today," eKnowledge spokesman Michael McCracken told the Daily News. "These athletes are really stepping up, so people can push for a better future."

To date, benefactors (with professional athletes being among the most gracious of them) have donated a whopping 169,411 eKnowledge programs at a commercial value of an astonishing $37,321,840.

The company has not revealed if it would make more programs available if the existing stock is exhausted, though that eventuality seems likely … particularly if professional athletes keep stepping forward with more aid the way they did initially.

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