True Elite partners with WSSU

True Elite partners with WSSU
December 03
00:00 2015



The True Elite mentoring program has joined forces with the social work program at Winston-Salem State University.

True Elite is a nonprofit agency that provides mentoring, tutoring and preparation for higher education to student-athletes in Forsyth County. The program is designed to remind students to be elite in the classroom as well as on the field or court.

According to founder Roderick Fluellen, the partnership will allow each student-athlete to be partnered with a support coach from the university.

Support coaches will serve as mentors and tutors for the high school students.  College students can use the program for internship credits towards graduation.

“The college mentors will really help take the program to the next level,” said Fluellen. “Not only will they be giving back to the community, they will be learning as well.

Currently, True Elites serves 40 student-athletes at Carver High School.

All participants are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and meet all qualifications to further their education. In return, they receive online sports exposure.

Fluellen said most importantly he wants all student-athletes to have all the academic qualifications needed to further their education after high school.

A number of participants said they enjoy the program because it helps them become better people.  Jalin Richardson, a former participant in the program, said True Elite helped him become self-sufficient, which is essential in college.

Aside from the GPA requirements, participants are required to show up for an hour of tutoring before going to practice. During that time, students are expected to do homework or study subjects in which they have low grades.

Fluellen mentioned the program has received praise from a number of teachers and parents. He hopes to open the program up to other students and schools in the future.

For more in information on True Elite, visit or 336- 926-8789.

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