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Deion Sanders Supports Hartford Magnet School Students' College Dreams



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    Dreamed up by Deion Sanders, the Prime Prep Academy is one step closer to providing quality education for North Texas students.

    An National Football League (NFL)  Hall of Famer will make an appearance at Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford on Tuesday evening.

    Deion Sanders plans to talk at a press conference about the NFL draft and the necessity of scholarship fundraising for students at the school.

    Sanders has played for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, according to his personal website. The 49ers and Cowboys won the Super Bowl during his career with both teams.

    Before he joined the NFL, he was a Major League Baseball player. The Kansas City Royals drafted him in 1985, but he didn't end up signing with the team. He signed with the New York Yankees in 1988 and later played with the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds

    In 1989, when his NFL and Major League careers overlapped, he became the only athlete in professional sports history to hit a home run and score a touchdown in the same week, according to his website. Sanders also holds a record as the only male athlete to participate in the Super Bowl and World Series, his website states.

    Aside from his athletic prowess, Sanders is known for co-founding the Prime Prep Academy in Texas, where he also coaches football. A father of five, Sanders decided to visit Capital Prep because he "loves" what Capital Prep Principal Dr. Steve Perry is accomplishing there and wants to "help children fulfill their dreams of becoming college graduates," according to a news release.

    Sanders also stars in "Deion's Family Playbook," which features his work at Prime Prep, on Oprah's OWN TV.