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Rapper Pitbull Pushes Education, Opens Charter School In Miami

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 08:  Recording artist Pitbull performs onstage during Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night presented by the Academy of Country Music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 08: Recording artist Pitbull performs onstage during Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night presented by the Academy of Country Music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

Cuban rapper Pitbull has not forgotten where he came from.

In fact, for him it’s “all about giving back to the neighborhood in any way, shape or form.”

This loyalty is why Mr. Worldwide has decided to open SLAM, or the Sports Leadership and Management school in Little Havana, the Miami neighborhood where he grew up.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Pitbull explained how he sees the issue of education as the “real revolution.”

“There is no way you can tackle any obstacle or any issue around the world if you’re not educated.”

“My mother always told me two of the most dangerous diseases in the world are ignorance and greed,” the 32-year-old said. “That’s why we have to educate. That’s why I fight for it and that’s why I feel it’s the real revolution.”

The goal behind SLAM, which will be run by a non-profit that is part of the national charter school management company, will be to show kids that learning is sexy.

“What happens is that education is no longer sexy, it’s no longer cool,” he said in the video interview.

By focusing on preparing kids for careers in the sports field, Pitbull hopes to show schools that they can create curriculum that entertains and engages with the students of today.

“I can speak from the heart when it comes to charter schools for the simple fact that teachers have changed my life,” Pitbull said.

“I had a second grade teacher who taught me there is a way out and then I had an 11th grade teacher, Ms. Martinez, who taught me to believe in myself.”

“That’s the same thing I want to do,” Pitbull added. “One way or another just make it fun again to learn.”

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