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Positive, responsible, educated, passionate

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basketball-pg-at-msu---1998---6000-x-4043---300-dpiDante' Rabb credits two things for his life's successes – basketball and education.

So the former college basketball star is combining the two with his newly formed Minnesota P.R.E.P. youth basketball program. P.R.E.P. is an acronym for positive, responsible, educated and passionate.

"(Minnesota P.R.E.P.) was a vision in my head and it was my way of giving back," said Rabb in explaining why he is starting the program. "I've succeeded and coming out of a pretty rough community, (my success) was because of the opportunities of education and the sport."


Rabb spent the first 12 years of his life in gang-infested South Central Los Angeles. Later, Rabb and his mother moved to a Houston, Tex. suburb when his mother was promoted within the company for which she worked.


mn.prep.logo.black.whiteRabb's skills on the court earned him a scholarship to Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., where he starred for two years before transferring to Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Tex. Rabb earned a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.

"With Minnesota P.R.E.P., we're not just about basketball, we're preparing (kids) for life," said Rabb, who is an assistant varsity basketball coach at Minnetonka High School.

Rabb said what is unique about his program is he will offer tutoring, study hall sessions and bring in speakers to talk with the participants about life skills, health, diet and the power of positive thinking.

"When it's all said and done, it all falls back on education," said Rabb.

Minnesota P.R.E.P. will hold its first tryouts beginning on Feb. 17 and continuing on Feb. 24. Tryouts take place from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Davis Community Center, 5430 Glenwood Ave. in Golden Valley. Tryouts are for boy and girls, grades six – 12. The cost for selected participants is $450 for the season. That fee includes game and practice jerseys and basketball shoes. Minnesota P.R.E.P. teams can expect to play between 15 – 20 games between April and June, with a mixed schedule of various tournaments. Rabb said at least one tournament will be played outside of the state.

"I want (the participants) to be prepared for what college will be like and what it can provide," said Rabb in explaining why he wants his teams to travel. "Also, you can be good in your own backyard, but you need to gauge yourself against others from other places."

For more information on Minnesota P.R.E.P., or to get more information regarding tryouts, visit www.minnesotaprepbasketball.com or contact Rabb at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (832) 515-7970.
 

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