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Four Big 12 Coaches and Four Big Ten Coaches Now Participating

 

(Boston, MA/McCook, NE) – MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is joining the Coaches”™ Mentoring Challenge to expand the reach and presence of this successful campaign to connect youth with caring adult mentors. MENTOR”™s recent report, The Mentoring Effect, found through a nationally representative survey of young adults ages 18-21 that mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects. As just one example, at-risk young adults surveyed who had a mentor while they were growing up were 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. These benefits to youth ultimately strengthen our communities and our nation.

The report also found that one in three young people will grow up without having a mentor.

“By connecting young people with caring adults we provide them with a powerful asset to achieve success in all aspects of their lives,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR. “Coaches are mentors both on and off the field and they are uniquely positioned to motivate fans to become mentors. We”™re grateful for the commitment of those involved and the energy brought by the Big 12 support and new coaches joining the challenge.”

“Students in elementary, middle and high school represent our next generation of college students, athletes and leaders, and mentoring prepares them for excellence, effort and achievement on campus,” said Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference Commissioner. “The Coaches”™ Mentoring Challenge is an opportunity for our teams and their fans to support youth through mentoring and strengthen our connection to the communities our universities call home.”

The Coaches”™ Mentoring Challenge is an annual campaign to connect more youth to mentors that began as a friendly challenge to fans by Coach Tom Osborne at the University of Nebraska and Coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State in 2008. Within six years, coaches from Big 12 and Big Ten schools in Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota joined the challenge and rallied nearly 9,000 new volunteers in 2013.

Each coach teams up with one of MENTOR”™s affiliate Mentoring Partnerships or another nonprofit partner that provides a way for fans to sign up to become a mentor and matches them to a local mentoring program.

The local TeamMates Mentoring Program of McCook is actively recruiting new mentors. “It is exciting that many of our area coaches realize they are mentors to their students and understand the importance of mentoring,” stated TeamMates Director Darcey Hansen. To become a mentor or for more information, visit www.teammates.org or call Darcey Hansen at 308-344-4469.

The 2014 teams are:

TeamMates Mentoring Program of McCook

  • Jon Froelich, McCook Community College Women”™s Basketball Head Coach
  • Joel Bednar, McCook Public Schools Head 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach
  • Joan Bass, MPS Head 9th Grade Volleyball Coach
  • Gayl Korus, MPS Asst. 7th Grade Volleyball Coach; Asst. Girls Tennis Coach
  • Jake Curl, MPS Asst. Varsity Football Coach
  • Coach Matt Wiemers, MPS Head Boys/Girls Tennis Coach
  • Joel Arterburn, MPS Asst. 7th Grade Football; Head 9th Grade Boys Basketball Coach
  • Josh Jones, MPS Asst. Varsity Wrestling Coach
  • Staci Applegarth, MPS Asst. Varsity/JV Volleyball Coach
  • Audrey Feeney, MPS Head JV/Asst. Varsity Volleyball Coach
  • Jon Graff, MPS Asst. Swimming Coach
  • Kristin Blume, MPS Asst. Girls Track Coach
  • Tom Sughroue, MPS Cross Country Coach
  • Tracey Fisher, MPS 10th Grade Girls Basketball Coach; Cheerleading Coach
  • Rick Haney, MPS Head Boys Golf Coach
  • Ronda Graff, St. Patrick”™s School Asst. Volleyball & Basketball Coach
  • Matt Sehnert, St. Patrick”™s School Boys Basketball Coach
  • Melanie Jones-Wier, St. Patrick”™s School Asst. Volleyball & Basketball Coach
  • Becky Meixner, St. Patrick”™s School Track & Field
  • Jenifer Jacobs, St. Patrick”™s School Track & Field

Nebraska TeamMates Mentoring Program

  • Coach Tom Osborne, University of Nebraska (Ret.)
  • Coach Bo Pelini, University of Nebraska

Iowa Mentoring Partnership

  • Coach Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa
  • Coach Paul Rhoads, Iowa State University
  • Coach Mark Farley, University of Northern Iowa

Kansas Mentors

  • Coach Bill Snyder, Kansas State University
  • Coach Charlie Weis, University of Kansas

Minnesota Mentoring Partnership

  • Coach Jerry Kill, University of Minnesota

Mentor Michigan

  • Coach Lloyd Carr, University of Michigan (Ret.)

Boren Mentoring Initiative, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

  • Coach Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma
  • Coach Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State University

The Coaches”™ Mentoring Challenge runs through November 30, with final results released during the first week in December. www.CoachesMentoringChallenge.org