As summer camps and academic summer sessions begin, LaMarr Woodley took some time to advocate the importance of education to a lucky group of local Pittsburgh students enrolled in the Summer Dreamer’s Program. Woodley, an All-Pro linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, stressed the importance of education to hundreds of students on Tuesday morning while reflecting on his own mixed experiences in school.
For all his achievements and tough guy persona as a ferocious tackler, Woodley openly admits to being a little kid stuck in a man’s body, and even getting into trouble in his school years. “I had football and basketball taken away from me because I was class clown and didn’t pay attention to my teachers. I didn’t pay attention to my parents,” Woodley said. “I wasn’t always a nice kid growing up. That’s why I wanted to tell them a little something about my background…I was pretty much saying you can change your way and become something in life.”
The Summer Dreamers Academy, which opened in 2010 by the Pittsburgh Public Schools, is a no cost, premier learning camp to engage students in fun and learning during the summer months. The school is open to all K-8th grade students in the District and last year alone had over 4,000 applicants for 2,300 slots. The camp succeeds on teaching kids math and reading skills in preparation for the fall semester while having fun in the summertime. Woodley commended the teachers and parents for their commitment to education, “That shows the kind of program they are running here when you have those kinds of energy levels for those kind of teachers early in the morning and the commitment from the parents getting their students here..having an opportunity to have this summer school program is great.”