Many of our students are success stories. The young men we serve often come from impoverished communities, and many must manage chaotic home lives and financial situations in order to succeed in college. Football has been the one constant in their lives. Currently, we transfer about 20 academically prepared young men a year to major division I football programs (averaging $1.5 million in scholarships).
But the true success stories are about young men like Michael Cardona. He was homeless, sleeping on an abandoned couch behind an apartment building when he began at CSM. He attended CSM to play football in the hopes that he would transfer on a scholarship. He wasn't a good enough player to make the starting squad. But he stayed on the team and in school. While participating in Writing in the End Zone, he successfully made the transition from athlete-student to student-athlete and then finally to student. This spring, 2013, Michael Cardona is graduating from UC Berkeley, with a B.A in Rhetoric, and he's on his way to law school.