Inside an office next to Mission High School’s main basketball gym, a group of counselors confer with students. What summer program should they attend? What classes should they take? What scholarships should they pursue?

It’s the Athletic Scholars Advancement Program, better known as ASAP. It’s an organization popular among Mission High students — and one that is unusual in the level of attention it gives to making sure that its student athletes pay attention to their academic futures.

The office counsels, mentors and tutors kids. “They help you with everything. They’ll get you to any place you want,” said Mission sophomore Francis Law. “All you have to do is be a student athlete.”

Tina Shauf, an ASAP administrator, added, “We try our best in encouraging student athletes here at Mission High School to consider going on to and through college. We provide resources to make that happen.”

Scott Kennedy, Mission’s athletic director, got the project started when he used his own credit card to send 13 students to a soccer camp. Gwen Knapp at the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Kennedy’s work, and one of the people who read Knapp’s article was Judy Grossman.

Grossman wanted to help — with donations, raising funds and working with the students. “The program really took off from there,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy and Grossman decided it wasn’t just about sending kids to a soccer, football or basketball camp, but about sending athletes to college. The group went from just a small group of soccer players to 250 athletes — more than a fourth of the estimated 900 students who attend Mission High.

“The focus is to create a college-going culture,” said Grossman. As she spoke, another student walked up, and she turned back to her computer to help with yet another application.

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Richard Lee is a just another ordinary child. He chose to start off reporting mainly to write about Mission High School sports. The primary intent to why he started journalism was to cover basketball games to inform parents and fans of the games when they were not able to attend scheduled contests. His most vital goal is to have more individuals read his works to show that various insights and intellectual thinking can be emitted and purveyed by not only educated adults, but by the budding youth as well.

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