Mariano Rivera visits student athletes from the Small Schools Athletic League

Mariano Rivera told the students that while injuries can cut a career short, school will prepare them for life. (4/10/14)

MOTT HAVEN - Yankees hero Mariano Rivera visited a group of student athletes in the Bronx, encouraging them to stay in school.

Rivera told the students that while injuries can cut a career short, school will prepare them for life.

The students are part of the Small Schools Athletic League. David Garcia-Rosen founded the league in 2011 as a way to bring sports to high schools with little or no access to them.

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"We just couldn't sit idly by anymore and watch another student drop out when we know sports would keep them engaged in school," says Garcia-Rosen. The league now consists of 37 schools citywide.

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