HOW THE . IN THE LOOP TONIGHT, A PING- PONG TOURNAMENT BETWEEN CPS STUDENTS AND IP PROFESSIONALS. AS VINCE GERASOLE REPORTS, THE REAL LESSONS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GAME. Reporter: HERE — THERE YOU GO. Reporter: HUSTLE AND NEVER QUIT IS NOT ABOUT PING POPPING. MY FAST SUBJECT IS MATH. Reporter: MORE THE GAME OF LIFE. AND MY — SINCE I WAS LITTLE. Reporter: THE NON-PROFIT LUMINITY SERVED UP BETWEEN IP MENTORS AND CPS STUDENTS TO ENCOURAGE STEM STUDIES AND BUILD CONFIDENCE. I AM TRYING TO GET A FULL RIDE TO COLLEGE. Reporter: FOR MOST, THE ROAD TO WINNING IS UPHILL. MY FAMILY IS ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED. MY MOM IS A SINGLE MOM SO SHE’S WORKING HER HARDEST. IT’S ALWAYS ON MY MIND I MAY NOT SEE IT. I USED TO WONDER HOW MANY, HOW MANY CARS WOULD BE IN MY FUNERAL PROCESSION WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER. Reporter: THE MENTOR IS A SUCCESSFUL WIRELESSA, TACT. YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE PICKED HIM AS MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED. AND GOT INVOLVED IN THE WRONG THINGS EARLY ON. WERE YOU HAVING TROUBLE WITH DRUGS OR POLICE OR GANGS OR SOMETHING? ALL OF THE ABOVE. ENDED UP A SINGLE PARENT OF THREE. Reporter: AT HIS LOW OF THE MOMENT, OTHERS STEPPED IN TO POINT GERA IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND DEDICATED TO FEEL THE GESTURE. Reporter: FEEL LIKE I AM TALKING TO THE OLD ME. I AM SAYING OH, LOOK AT WHAT YOU CAN BE. I KNOW THAT I DIDN’T MAKE IT HERE ALONE. Reporter: YOU THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A GAME. THERE ARE ABOUT TWO DOZEN STUDENTS IN TONIGHT’S TOURNAMENT IN THE LOOP. THEY THOUGHT THE ULTIMATE WINNER WOULD BE AWARDED A COMPUTER. IN THE END, THEY GOT ONE OF THEIR OWN. THAT MAY NOT BE THE MOST IMPORTANT TAKEAWAY OF THE EVENING. WOW. IT WAS GREAT MEETING THEM. THE STUDENT WE MET IS APPLYING TO M. TEMPT AND CARNEGIE — M.I.T. AND CARNEGIE UNIVERSITY. HE RAISED THREE KIDS, SINGLE FATHER, MARRIED AGAIN AND RAISING TWO MORE. WOW. WHAT A GREAT STORY. HIS STORY IS POWERFUL. AND HE WANTS TO GIVE PEOPLE HOPE. THAT IS PART OF WHAT TONIGHT’S MEETING WAS ABOUT.

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