Jerry Argovitz, PSUSD develop Sports Institute

Jerry Argovitz, PSUSD develop Sports Institute

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Jerry Argovitz, PSUSD develop Sports Institute

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The athletic field at Rancho Mirage High School. Former NFL players agent Jerry Argovitz is donating a million dollars to the Palm Springs Unified School District to start the Jerry Argovitz Sports Institute at Rancho Mirage High School. The school will name its stadium after Argovitz.

The athletic field at Rancho Mirage High School. Former NFL players agent Jerry Argovitz is donating a million dollars to the Palm Springs Unified School District to start the Jerry Argovitz Sports Institute at Rancho Mirage High School. The school will name its stadium after Argovitz.

During his tenure as an agent for players in the National Football League, Jerry Argovitz was known as an innovator. In his heyday, Argovitz pushed NFL owners to the limit, fighting for benefits and compensation in player contracts considered non-existent at the time.

Even during his semi-retirement, Argovitz has continued to work as an ally for student-athletes, particularly those living in the Coachella Valley, looking for their one chance to make it big.

A mentor to only a few students recently, Argovitz and the Palm Springs Unified School District have helped create a cutting-edge program to guide dozens of student-athletes across the school district towards careers in sports both on and off the field.

This week, PSUSD approved a $1 million donation from Argovitz to create the Jerry Argovitz Sports Institute at Rancho Mirage High School, a program that will be rolled out this fall.

For his donation, the school will also rename their football complex to become Jerry Argovitz Stadium.

Longtime sports agent Jerry Argovitz of Rancho Mirage has donated $1 million to Palm Springs Unified School District to develop a Sports Institute in his name to educate student-athletes about careers in sports.

Longtime sports agent Jerry Argovitz of Rancho Mirage has donated $1 million to Palm Springs Unified School District to develop a Sports Institute in his name to educate student-athletes about careers in sports.

For the pilot year, Ellen Goodman, the executive director of the PSUSD Foundation, said the JASI program will be available only to Rancho Mirage student-athletes, with the hopes of being able to expand it to student-athletes at other schools within the district, as well as students in general, in the future.

Goodman and Argovitz first met early this calendar year and started to envision how Argovitz could take the lessons he’s imparted on current and past student-athletes to a broader scale.

“Dr. Argovitz has a long history of mentoring young students and athletes,” Goodman said. “We started talking about what it would look like if he impacted dozens and dozens of students.”

The program is set up as a series of lectures or presentations led by Argovitz every other week from October to June. Each session will be 60-90 minutes long and take place during the school day. Goodman explained that students enrolled in the program would attend the lectures in place of another sports-related block in their schedule that day, like weightlifting.

In addition, students enrolled in the program will be invited to take off-campus field trips including visits to colleges, NFL games and practices.

Longtime sports agent Jerry Argovitz of Rancho Mirage has donated $1 million to Palm Springs Unified School District to develop a Sports Institute in his name to educate student-athletes about careers in sports.

Longtime sports agent Jerry Argovitz of Rancho Mirage has donated $1 million to Palm Springs Unified School District to develop a Sports Institute in his name to educate student-athletes about careers in sports.

Goodman said she and Argovitz recognize that a majority of high school student-athletes have a desire to go to college to focus on a career in athletics on the field, but few recognize the opportunities for a career in sports that doesn’t involve wearing a helmet or throwing a ball.

As the famous saying straight from the NCAA goes, “There are over 400,000 NCAA student-athletes, and most of us will go pro in something other than sports.”

This program, Goodman hopes, will expose those student-athletes — and those who don’t participate in college athletics — to career paths that pique their interest and keep their drive in academics rolling.

“Some of them have no idea that there are pathways available to them, and if they do have an idea, they certainly don’t have the mentors,” Goodman said. “It opens many windows for students that they might not have realized were open for them.”

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