WHEATLAND, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now)- Long time former Cornhuskers football coach, Tom Osborne, is bringing his program, TeamMates, to middle schools in Wyoming. Osborne and his coaching staff at Nebraska started the program back in 1991 where 22 players mentored 22 public middle school boys in the 7th and 8th grade.
“Coaching at its best is mentoring because as a coach you really care about a young person and you want the best for them,” Osborne said. “You want them to be all they can be.”
Twenty-one of the 22 students ended up graduating high school on time. Eighteen of them went off to college. Since then, TeamMates has mentored approximately 42-thousand kids. They are currently mentoring over 10,000 children. They’ve expanded from Nebraska to four other states (Wyoming, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas).
“The kids in our community are our future,” President/CEO of First State Bank in Wheatland, Derrick Sisson said.
According to Osborne, when a young person has a mentor, it’s more likely to improve their attendance, behavior, and graduation probability.
“We try to make sure that they transition, and are able to have a marketable skill,” Osborne said.
For children to sign up, they either have to have a parent or teacher nominate them or self-nominate. You can also visit: https://teammates.org/