Poor Kids Need A Sporting Chance

While suburban and small-town parents often worry about their kids being overscheduled with sports and not having enough free time, many inner-city families say they would love to have such problems. When kids pour out of school each day in scores of lower-income urban communities, all that awaits them is the street--no soccer, baseball or ice skating. They just hang out, while their parents pray that dead-end afternoons won't lead to sex or drugs or violence. "Most teenage pregnancies happen between 2 and 5 in the afternoon," says Les Franklin, founder of the Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth, a nonprofit group...

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