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‘We Are Putting Safety Over Athletics’, SMSB Reschedules the 5th Annual High School 7v7 Showcase for July

DETROIT - Sound Mind Sound Body, the organizers of the highly anticipated 5th Annual High School 7v7 Showcase, regretfully announced the event's cancellation due to unforeseen air quality concerns. The decision to postpone the two-day showcase featuring over 30 schools and some of the nation's top players was determined to prioritize the well-being of attendees,…

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Jakobe Watkins went from a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus to four offers and more to come

By Perry A. Farrell SMSB Editor-in-Chief Jakobe Watkins knew something was wrong. In March of 2019, after completing a season at Belleville High School where he was named All-Conference and made some All-State teams as a freshman offensive lineman, he felt something uncomfortable in his left knee. “I was at the Nike Opening in Akron,’’ said Watkins. “We were…

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Maxwell Hairston, ranked 19th best player in the state of Michigan, ‘you have to be just as successful in the classroom as well as the field.’

By Perry A. Farrell SMSB Editor-in-Chief A seasoned 7on7 veteran, West Bloomfield High School, and Sound Mind Sound Body (SMSB) Max Ex participant, Maxwell Hairston is ready for the Southeastern Conference. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back committed to Kentucky on his father’s birthday. “It was between Virginia Tech, Purdue, Minnesota and Kentucky,’’ Hairston said. “Everything I wanted in a…

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It takes a village: How Derek Jeter prepared SMSB’s Portage Northern star, Anthony Tyus, for Northwestern University

By Perry A. Farrell SMSB Editor-in-Chief Portage is roughly two hours and 30 minutes from the east side of Detroit. For Portage Northern senior Anthony Tyus III, the ride was worth it. Being a part of the Sound Mind Sound Body program allowed him to gain exposure that the west side of the state doesn’t afford him. “The trip wasn’t…

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Five-Star Will Johnson, ‘I Don’t Attend Camps, Just Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy’

By Perry A. Farrell SMSB Editor-in-Chief When ESPN and released their rankings of the top football players in the class of 2022 there was a five-star by Will Johnson’s name. It was significant because Johnson, a junior defensive back at Grosse Pointe South, doesn’t attend camps -- just the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy camps that…

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