NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball program continued their work with a group of young men from Whitmire Community School this past Saturday. The group attended both the women's and men's home basketball games against Lenoir-Rhyne and got an opportunity to play in halftime promotional contests, enjoy treats from concessions and of course watch some great college basketball.
“Our kids really enjoyed getting to watch their friends from the Big Brother program in action on the court,” said program coordinator Jennifer Hix. “These kids have worked hard to stay on track and do the right thing so they wouldn't miss this opportunity. Sometimes a little motivation and some encouragement from someone they can look up to is all it takes to make a difference and this program has done just that.”
The basketball team last visited the group of third through fifth graders in October 2008 when the team spoke to the young Wolverines on the importance of education and athletics. This ongoing initiative is part of the Big Brother program started at Whitmire Community School and is something that the basketball program and WCS feel has made a positive impact.
“I know the kids from the Big Brother Program always look forward to seeing our student-athletes, but I think our players enjoy it just as much,” said head coach Jeremy Luther. “It is always nice to know you are making a difference in someone's life and we have good kids here at Newberry College who enjoy working with the community's youth.”
We look forward to seeing the Whitmire Community School's Big Brother program at many more games in the future. If you would like information on how you can get involved with similar programs please contact Matt DeWitt, Associate Director of Athletics by email at email@example.com.