Coach Martin talks to Austin-East freshmen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- High school is hard, but students at Austin-East Magnet High School got a special guest Friday morning to help encourage them to get through it.

UT men's basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin came out to speak with freshmen at Austin-East about Project GRAD. THe program encourages kids to excel in school and helps them set goals and work toward their future.

Martin said he wants students to understand that they have support, and that adults have gone through similar struggles too.

"Every kid goes through it," he said, "regardless of your background or your level of income, every kid's involved in various situations, so you have to make good decisions. And I think with social media it's tougher than ever to be a student athlete and a high school kid."

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