Life After Football Honoring the Academic and Sports Global Commitment
IRVING, TX / CRWEPRESSRELEASE / September 14, 2015 /So often we hear about the athletic powerhouses who struggle with their academic powerhouse. Universal Academy represents the very reverse of that scenario, an academic program now reaching out to proven sports successes to create a successful sports paradigm.
Universal Academy is pleased to announce the addition of Jesse Holley as co-athletic director, who brings the expertise as a former Dallas Cowboys player. Holley is focused on improving student success. He is achieving global goals and bringing new life and dimension after retirement from the NFL. Jesse represents the new player coach that far exceeds the normal high school coach. He is in a position to share his experience to help mold and shape young athletes of the future.
Holley is the epitome of the American Dream. Having gone to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he not only was a Four Year Letter Winner and captain of the football team, but also won a National Championship with the basketball team in 2005. Holley soon after graduated from UNC with a degree in Communication and became an undrafted Free Agent picked up the Cincinnati Bengals as a wide receiver. After being with the Bengals for a season, Holley worked odd jobs while remaining in top shape throughout times of professional uncertainty – never giving up his dreams of having a career in the NFL.
In 2009 an opportunity came along for Holley to compete on Michael Irving’s reality television series “4th and Long”. The show put six wide receivers against six defensive backs, giving the winner a spot at the Dallas Cowboys training camp with a shot at making the roster. Having remained in top shape and steadfast to his dreams, Holley was mentally and physically prepared for all the obstacles at hand winning the show, making the Cowboys roster and played with the Cowboys for three seasons.
After deciding to hang up his cleats, Holley, talkative by nature, decided to give a shot at something else he always dreamed of – broadcast. In 2012, Holley became a CBS Radio Host in Dallas, Texas where he still covers various sports topics from baseball, to football, to basketball and even some current events. Holley is currently also one of the hosts for the Dallas Cowboys’ Pre and Post Game show.
In his spare time, Holley owns a business, and uses his charity Holley’s Helping Hand to support low-income families doing back-to-school and holiday events. Holley is also the uncle to two beautiful nieces and enjoys cooking.
For more information, please visit universalacademy.com.
About Universal Academy:
Since its inception in 1998, LTTS Charter Schools Inc. dba Universal Academy has changed in many ways, but remains steadfastly committed to challenging today’s youth to aspire to their highest potential, and to inspire a life-long love of learning.
Today a vibrant learning community of over 1700 students from 9 cultures, backgrounds and nationalities in grades prekindergarten through 12 is challenged by a rigorous core curriculum and innovative programs in 2 schools located in Irving and Coppell Texas. Students participate in learning opportunities in the classroom, on the stage, on the playing field and with colleges and universities, as well as non-profit and community groups, private schools and government agencies.
Universal Academy has a proven quality educational system. Our educators and support staff enthusiastically share the open-enrollment charter school’s mission to empower all students to take their place in the world as knowledgeable, competent responsible citizens.
Well-known for its award winning programs, Universal Academy is a complete school of choice and is the only public school or charter school in the State of Texas currently including the Universal Knowledge in its academic arsenal. Universal Academy utilizes a problem-based learning approach and individualized instructional method successfully and is one of the few such models in the State. Universal Academy offers students and families a wide range of educational options including Visual and Performing Arts, English as a Second Language, Gifted Programs, and Special Education Programs.
Universal Academy’s athletic program provides an environment where students develop sports skills, physical fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for others that will prepare for success in their adult life. As team members, students are encouraged to face challenges, strive for excellence and become leaders.
SOURCE: Universal Academy