Nate Clements' Go Program motivates kids

3-Minute Interview: Nate Clements

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback and one-time Pro Bowler recently launched the Go Pro program, an initiative aimed at empowering young people through exposure to education and athletics.

What is the focus of the Go Pro program? The main objective of the program is to expose kids to available resources that they might not know about. It’s about motivating them for life and getting them excited about pursuing a career, whether it be as a lawyer, or a doctor, or a professional football player.

Did you have anything like the Go Pro program when you were growing up? Actually, I didn’t, but the relationships I had with my teachers, my high school coach and my parents really helped lay the groundwork for the Go Pro program. They all helped me get into a routine, where I had to get my homework done first, or do my chores, or read a book before I could get into playing sports for the day.

What advice do you have for children who aspire to be a pro athlete? I would never discourage a child from wanting to be a pro athlete. Yes, its a hard profession to achieve, but so are jobs in the engineering field. If they work hard, they can accomplish anything. I tell them, “Never let anyone’s opinion become your reality.”

What’s next for the Go Pro program? Well, we had our official launch in Santa Clara on Dec. 15. I would really like to see it expand throughout the Bay Area, and maybe bring it back to my home in Cleveland, or back to school at [Ohio State University] in Columbus.

— Will Reisman

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