Thursday, April 23, 2009

Future NFL star takes time out for tutor/mentor program

I encourage you to read the article El Da'Sheon Nix wrote about Northwestern University Football Star Tyrell Sutton's visit to Cabrini Connections last night. With this NFL draft this weekend, we're grateful that Tyrell took some time out of training to visit.

Tyrell is one of a growing number of football players to take an interest in Cabrini Connections. Kurt Kittner, former University of Illinois and Chicago Bear Quarterback is a member of the Board of Directors. This PDF is an example of how athletes like Kurt can draw volunteers and donors to tutor/mentor programs.

Zak Kustok, another former NU player, who spent time as a Quarterback with the Bears, is volunteering with Cabrini Connections this year.

At the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference on May 28 and 29 one workshop will focus on how athletes can use their visibility to draw volunteers and donors to tutor/mentor programs throughout the city where they go to college or play professional ball. This is an open discussion, so athletes, and coaches, from high school, college and professional sports are encouraged to attend.

Helping tutor/mentor programs help inner city kids is a team sport. We need many people to be involved and many roles to be taken, ranging from volunteer and student to leader and donor. If you take this role, you can help inner city kids have brighter futures.

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