The Speights Academy post-graduate football program is an opportunity for student athletes to improve their chances of earning a college scholarship. The academy offers extra time for improvement both on and off the field. As a young athlete growing up in the inner-city I didn't have a driving force behind me to push me or educate me on all of the opportunities available to me. All that I learned was through my experiences on the field. I didn't know about post-graduate options or even have much guidance with regards to getting to college. I was fortunate enough, however, that my love of the game kept me going and I was able to play semi-pro until I decided to focus more on my family. It was at this time that my brother Marreeese's athletic career was starting to take off. He was showing signs of success in football, baseball and basketball. I didn't want him to be without the guidance that I was missing. Together we came up with a plan for him that laid the foundation for him to reach the highest levels in sports. A big part of this plan was the early decision to transfer to a private school and then attend a post-graduate academy. From there he went on to win a national title with the University of Florida Gators, get drafted to the NBA, win a world championship with the Golden State Warriors, and complete a 10+ year career as a professional.
Our goal with Speights Academy is to establish a path for young athletes that can help them reach all of their goals. We want to develop young men that understand the challenges ahead of them and take them head on with strength and confidence in their mental and physical abilities.
-- Bubba Speights, Director of Football