Basketball mentorship program aims to help students, both on court and off

Basketball mentorship program aims to help students, both on court and off

Tristan Oliphant, Sports Reporter

Imagine having a bad day and then an intelligent, nice young man comes to the rescue and recognizes the situation.

This is what some of the mentorees in ROJH’s boys basketball mentorship program are experiencing now, including Caleb Johnson, an 8th grader being mentored by Aaron Watson.

“I think that Caleb is definitely worth my time,” Watson said.

He has been tutoring Johnson for the past three months now, during which Johnson’s grades have gone up significantly.

But grades are not the only concern in the program; conduct is a huge factor as well. The mentor walks in the hallway with his mentoree to keep him out of trouble during the passing period.

“Aaron and I have built a really close relationship together as well,” Johnson said. The two are friends now, even outside of school. Watson and Johnson have even teamed up to help those in need this holiday season.

The program has made an impact on other students as well, with many of their grades and conduct  improving.

“I saw potential in Caleb,” Watson said. “I just felt that I was the guy for him,and it has worked out for the both of us.”

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