In the first year of a mandatory 2.0 grade point average for students participating in extracurricular activities, District public high school teams lost 30 percent of their athletes, a D.C. School Board member said yesterday at a Congressional Black Caucus forum at the Washington Hilton focusing on the problems of black student-athletes.

Eugene Kinlow said that in this, the second year of the 2.0 requirement, some students have improved their grades. But he estimated that only 80 to 85 percent of the original number of students participating in athletics will achieve grades high enough to allow them to compete.

"Building in tutorial programs of a C average aren't enough," said Kinlow. "We need a competent womb-to-tomb support system, not just during the baseball, basketball or football season. We need someone to be there when they have school problems or girlfriend problems or whatever the case."

DeMatha High School basketball coach Morgan Wootten agreed with Kinlow, but said he felt that a strong set of priorities must first be developed and then nurtured by the schools and coaches.

"We stress priorities {at DeMatha}," Wootten said. "God, family, school and studies, then sports. If basketball is any higher than fourth, we tell them you're not going to make it."

Another panelist, Eric (Sleepy) Floyd, the former Georgetown basketball star who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors, looked at the problems facing student-athletes with a different perspective.

"In a lot of instances, the kid exploits himself," said Floyd. "There's no one outside the classroom with a bat in his hand saying don't go in. Or no one is outside the library saying this is off limits to athletes. It's up to the individual, and it starts at home. Don't exploit yourself. You can exploit the system if you know how."

Another panelist, former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann, spoke of the value of an education: "You can make $1 million tomorrow and be broke in two days. What do you have? Your education can't be taken away."