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MARBLE VALLEY ACADEMY founder Dagny Merrill, left, President of Forever Young Foundation Sterling Tanner and his wife in front of the new athletic field. Courtesy photo

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From page A8 | October 02, 2013 | 4 Comments

EL DORADO HILLS — Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young has always believed that education is more important than football.

“My dad taught me that you always needed a back-up plan. Education was a big focus in my house,” Young said.

Recently, Young met with Dagny Merrill, founder of Marble Valley Academy for pre-school to eighth graders, when The Forever Young Foundation agreed to help build a new sports facilities at the El Dorado Hills school that includes an athletic field and gym.

“Steve Young was not only an amazing football player, but he also became an attorney during the off-season,” Merrill said. “He has always seen education as the number one focus for young kids.”

Merrill noted that there was not enough initial money to finish the sports field or basketball gym so Forever Young Foundation stepped up and agreed to help make that dream a reality.

“With their help and the help of supportive parents and other charitable contributions, the field and gym were completed,” Merrill said.

Merrill said that Young was excited to be a part of the new adventure. In addition to the new athletic facilities, building new science and state-of-the-art computer labs were also completed.

“We wanted the sports facilities to match the stellar academics that already existed inside the classrooms at MVA. Kids need both of these things in their lives. It keeps them balanced,” says Young.

Marble Valley Academy is a private school that has its focus on higher learning and higher achievement for all students. The curriculum is designed to emphasis critical thinking and problem solving with a strong emphasis on oral and written communication skills.

The small class size of 12-to-18 students in each class allows an environment where students collaborate and share ideas, encouraging the development of adaptability, imagination and entrepreneurship that will set them on a path to success.

Democrat Staff

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  • A. PerronOctober 02, 2013 - 10:56 am

    That's it let's give a free Athletic facility including gym and field to a private school in the riches neighborhood in the county. The poorer places like Camino and Pollock Pines they don't need a good thing like this, right??

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 02, 2013 - 11:04 am

    A. Perron, the " poorer places like Camino and Pollock Pines seem to be resolute in "keep it rural" and measure Y. New stuff is offensive to the poor, rural rest of the county.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 11:27 am

    I believe the issue is not "new stuff" but rather land use determinations made by unelected unrepresentative unknown bodies such as CEDAC and CEDAPP.

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  • EvelynOctober 02, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Oh ....... HELP. Life as we know it might grind to an unseemly halt. "Service academies may cancel sporting events, including Saturday's Air Force-Navy game" - HERE

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