ESPN Spotlights Rockford Again


ESPN viewers got a glimpse Tuesday into the success we’ve been seeing in Rockford District 205’s athletic programs.

The network’s ‘Outside The Lines’ show took a second look at the district’s decision five years ago to drop its minimum 2.0 grade point average requirement for students to participate in sports. At the time that was a controversial decision. But ESPN’s follow-up story and interview with District 205 Athletic Director Mat Parker Tuesday showed positive results.

More students enticed by the opportunity to participate in sports have been staying in school and off the streets. And Rockford teams are enjoying a level of success that Rockford hasn’t seen in 30 years.

On the show Parker gave credit to the coaches that the district has hired.

“Putting all of those coaches in place in key sports and key activities throughout the district we’ve heard a tremendous amount of positive feedback and because of their work and who they are,” says Parker. “The rapport they have with students and families…we’ve seen the results.”

Parker also credits the positive results to an increased emphasis on tutoring.

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