Planting seeds: McGruder showing kids options within sports

Rodney McGruder had a backup plan. He was going to coach if the chance to play in the NBA never arrived, and spent his high school and college years preparing for both scenarios.

He’s hoping kids today follow his lead.

The Miami Heat guard has founded what he calls the Rodney McGruder Sports Business Initiative, a program he developed for middle schoolers in an effort to show them that sports can be their career — but the emphasis is on everything but playing. He’s exposing them to all the other options they would have in sports, everything from being an agent to a financial planner to working in media.

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