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Pitbull breaks ground on his new charter school in Henderson

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Pitbull high-fives a kid in attendance at the ground breaking of his SLAM! Nevada charter school in Henderson on Oct. 2, 2015. (Jon Archuleta/FOX5) Pitbull high-fives a kid in attendance at the ground breaking of his SLAM! Nevada charter school in Henderson on Oct. 2, 2015. (Jon Archuleta/FOX5)
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Mr. Worldwide rapper Pitbull officially broke ground on his new charter school in Henderson Friday.

In addition to having his own mini-residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood and own slot machine on the Strip, Armando Christian Perez a.k.a. Pitbull is truly leaving his mark on Las Vegas. Pitbull was present during the groundbreaking ceremony of his charter school that will soon be built behind the soccer field at the Russell Road Recreation Complex located at 5901 E. Russell Road. 

Sports and Leadership Academy (SLAM) Nevada will be a charter middle school that will serve students who want to pursue a career in sports leadership and management. Courses will be offered in the areas of sports medicine, sports marketing and entertainment media, and sports business and management. It will also offer students internships within the community. SLAM! Nevada will be open to students eligible for grades 6 through 9 in its inaugural year, expanding to serve 1,650 students in grades 6 through 12. 

When speaking to the crowd, Pitbull said he wanted to use his fame to make a difference in others' lives.

"This is a dream come true. We can have endless number one records around the world, but it means nothing. To be able to perform in front of the world means nothing. It just gives us the avenue to be able to do these kind of things. This is priceless," Pitbull said.

Pitbull referred to a teacher he had back in high school named Hope Martinez, whom he says truly inspired him to do his best and be someone out in the real world.

"Change is when you grab these young minds out here and teach them how to focus and how to believe in themselves and motivate them and inspire them," Pitbull said. 

The SLAM! Nevada campus will be an expansion from Pitbull's first SLAM! charter school based in Miami. Additionally, the Nevada school will benefit from partnerships with local and national organizations such as the NBA, MLB and NASCAR through its affiliation with the national SLAM! Foundation, which also provides support.

SLAM! Nevada is set to open in August 2016, and Pitbull says he will be back for its grand opening.

For more information on SLAM! Nevada, click here.

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