Ted Ginn Sr., to Kickoff National College Football Tour Adding Texas and the Southwest

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Powerhouse Football Coach, Ted Ginn Sr., announces today plans to expand the Ted Ginn Road To Opportunity College Bus Tour. The tour which is highly respected in the Midwest has its eyes on Texas and the Southwest.

The Ted Ginn Sr., Foundation’s annual Football Combine Bus Tour hosted by (BCA)2006 Coach of the Year, Ted Ginn Sr., announced today the foundations plans to expand the tour schedule from one mid-west regional tour into a nationwide tour beginning with the addition of a southern region.

The foundation hopes this will be big news to Texas high school coaches, student-athletes and major universities. Ginn’s amazing track record has garnered him national attention for selling the talents of otherwise overlooked, inner city kids into full-ride scholarships at major universities. Ginn has raised many of the kids who started with his tours in the early days out of his car.

Ginn’s Cinderella bus has become a gateway for underprivileged student-athletes on the road to lifelong success. Recent NFL draftees, Donte Whitner (8th in the draft) and Pierre Woods were among the first tour participants. Current Heisman hopefuls, Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr., were also members of his tour. Ginn has assisted over 100 athletes in attaining college scholarships including more than 65 recipients in Division I. Ginn’s own football program, Glenville, ranks #6 in the country in athletic scholarships. Last year (’05), an astounding 21 of his 30 high school seniors received college scholarships. Over two-thirds of this past summer's combine prospects got multiple offers and signed to scholarships.

The 2007 tour, which plans to begin in Texas has it’s eye on 11 college prospective sights for a 12-day tour to colleges including the University of Texas, A & M, Texas Tech, LSU, Baylor, OU, Rice, and the University of Arkansas. The tour will feature some of the nations most elite student-athletes from inner-city schools around the state of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana and Arkansas. An early two-day stop to include academic testing is also being planned.

The foundation is actively seeking sponsorship and corporate partners. Say's Cindy Villarreal-Hughes president of PSME, "Coach Ginn hopes to increase the percentage of kids that are qualified to go on tour. Many kids are turned away because we run out of room not because of talent or grades. We'd like to see at least two buses and be able to bring the southwest schools what the midwest schools have been benefitting." Coach Ted Ginn Sr. has a simple philosophy he instills into all of his athletes and a proven formula for the successful transformation in the student-athletes he promotes.

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