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Silver, NBA execs show support for new basketball charter school in N.Y.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was among several NBA execs on-hand at yesterday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball School in the Bronx, a "tuition-free charter school that teaches basketball business" to high school-age students in N.Y., according to the AP. Besides learning New York state’s core curriculum, students "can major in basketball topics such as analytics, broadcast journalism, print and digital media, coaching, law and marketing." The school, named after former Knicks great Earl Monroe, was "created by filmmaker Dan Klores, had former NBA Commissioner David Stern as one of its first trustees and opened Aug. 30 after an eight-year effort."  Silver said to the students in the school's inaugural class, "For every player in the league, there are 100 jobs connected to pro basketball" (AP, 10/6). In N.Y., David Waldstein noted the 110 ninth graders "entered the school in September." Over the next three years, the school "will add another 110-student ninth-grade class each year, capping out at about 440 students." The school "will eventually move to its permanent home in the South Bronx, perhaps in two years." In a math class, a teacher "used the arc of a Stephen Curry 3-pointer to explain a parabola." In another class, students "interviewed one another for a project on broadcast journalism, centered on basketball." The idea is to "use the sport to inspire students not only to learn the core subjects, but also to learn in a vocational sense -- providing them the tools needed to embark on a career in the basketball business" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/5).

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