Steve Kelley caught up with Brandon Roy (left), the ex-Washington Husky star and NBA All-Star for the Portland Trail Blazer, and wrote a nice column about the benefits of tutoring.

It seems Roy needed a lot of help academically during his days at Garfield High and credits tutoring for saving his career.

"I was scared," he said. "I was really insecure in class. But I got lucky and got hit with a rude awakening as a sophomore. But a lot of guys I know got hit after high school, when it was too late. Once I figured it out and realized you have to show up for these tutoring sessions and you have to ask for help, it made things a lot easier in my life."

Roy is a spokesman for the A Plus Youth Program at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club, which combines basketball with academic tutoring and...

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