Wildcat coach starts mentoring program
- Written by Bryan Kimbro
Charles West, Humble High School head football coach, recently started an elementary school mentoring program led by off-season student-athletes. The program, Read Across Humble, includes football, volleyball and basketball players who excel in academics. The student-athletes travel Humble Independent School District elementary schools to read and speak to the students. This year they were able to visit with students at Humble Elementary. West decided to bring this program to Humble to create a chance for the younger students in the district who look up to athletes to understand that the student athletes in their community are not just athletes but they are students first. The elementary students are not the only ones Read Across Humble benefits. This program also benefits the student athletes. If the students are planning on graduating and being a part of an athletic team on the college level or even the professional level, they will have to participate in many speaking engagements. The program also gives the athletes the chance to give back to their community with service. West looks forward to the future of Read Across Humble. He is hoping to see this program expand across the district and that other programs will also want to get involved.