A school driven by phys ed

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When Jai Nanda first told people he wanted to start a school based around sports and physical activity, the reaction, he says, was, "You're crazy. What are you doing? Why would you do that?"

Starting a school is an extremely difficult proposition -- perhaps even more difficult because Nanda decided to launch his new school last year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, one of the neediest communities in New York City.

"We see a lot of families living low income," Nanda told Glor. "We see a lot of obesity. We see a lot of high school dropouts. So we've created a school that attacks the education issue, attacks the health issue in a community where both are critical."

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