Updated: April 1, 2003, 12:19 PM ETBy By Eric Adelson, ESPN The Magazine
This was goodbye. The two friends stood alone on the dried, brown grass by the school track, and the meaning of the moment hung in the air like the late-June sun. They had met here 18 months before, almost at this very spot, as messed-up kids, street thugs caught with drugs. Now they were role models, star athletes, campus executives. This rural Pennsylvania reform school, Glen Mills, had transformed them.