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While it’s easy to become consumed with one’s own problems, there are still those that care about the burdens of others, as proven August 25th at Eldridge Park when budding charity initiative E.A.T. presented their first annual back to school picnic.

Equipped with music, free food, games, prizes, immunizations and special guests including Houston Rockets players Pat Beverly and Greg Smith, as well as the Houston Dynamo’s Mascot and Cheerleaders. All that was asked in return was school supplies, which would be donated to the Fort Bend County Women’s Center.

Created in response to the lack of proper educational nourishment for many student athletes; the E.A.T. (Elevate at All Times) Program has committed to steering student-athletes onto the right path through a mixture of academic preparation, planning and creative events. Even more impressive are the two cofounders behind the initiative, Houston natives Elmo Parker and Nate Agbetola; two young young men intent on building a bridge between sports and academia for emerging youth.

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Says Nate, “Its a reflection of my own life. I once was a student-athlete under the influence of a promised professional athletic career. I want to see more athletes successful in areas other than sports. Not all of us make it but life does go on. ”

Elmo goes on to elaborate, “I grew up with my parents instilling a sense of community and responsibility for posterity. Also they made sure I knew while playing sports that I knew the importance of being a good person and good student before being a good athlete. EAT is a culmination of both allowing me to share those values.”

If these two are any indication of what lies ahead, both their program, as well as their participants, are in excellent hands. For information on how to help, e-mail E.A.T. at EatAcademics@gmail.com

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