Altoona holding seminar

The road to college for athletes is no longer lined with traditional mile markers. It used to be that batting averages, points per game or yards per carry paved the way for sports stars. Nowadays, one more percentage is carrying more and more weight. It’s called the grade point average.

The days of athletes dreaming to “be like Mike” and parents’ dreams of having it pay for an education and a lucrative future for their child-student-athlete have vastly changed over the last generation or so.

A seminar to prepare parents and athletes for the recruiting road ahead — complete with all its bumps — will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Altoona Area High School Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. Students from all schools are invited to attend. “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” will provide information and topics for every student-athlete in middle and high school and their parents to educate and prepare them for opportunities and careers after graduation.

“Guiding the College-Bound Athlete,” is a program designed by Rick Wire, President of Dynamite Sports, a Pennsylvania-based corporation. Wire is the father of nine-year NFL veteran Coy Wire.