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Florida pro athletes help students get free SAT, ACT prep programs

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 Cedar Key families who need to prepare a student to take the SAT and ACT to gain entrance to college are getting free help from pro athletes who call Florida home. 

The Florida High School Athletic Association and eKnowledge along with Chipper Jones of Major League Baseball, who was born in DeLand and attended Bolles School in Jacksonville; Warrick Dunn, who went to Florida State University and played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Roy Miller, who played for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Paul Posluszny with the Jacksonville Jaguars have joined 100-plus organizations and other athletes in donating $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep Programs. 

The offer to use the programs free for one-year is for Cedar Key High School students and families during the 2013/2014 school year.

On June 10, Dr. Roger Dearing, the executive director of FHSSA, shared this information with 800 school principals and athletic directors in Florida.

In 2005, eKnowledge formed The SAT/ACT Donation Project with support and Partnerships with caring athletes from the NFL and MLB, as well as over 100 corporations, foundations and not-for-profit organizations. To date, the project has provided over 200,000 SAT/ACT Prep Programs valued over $42 million. Through the SAT/ACT Project, eKnowledge donates $200 SAT and ACT College Test Prep programs to students and families.

"This is a truly amazing opportunity for our student athletes and their families.  Every student who wants to attend college must complete the SAT or ACT test, so these prep programs are invaluable.  Our biggest obstacle has been simply getting the word out to parents and students that all of the students in the State of Florida are now included in the SAT/ACT Project,"  Elliot Hopkins, director of educational services for the National Federation of High Schools, said.