Web Extra: High school athletes start mentorship program to help youth in AR

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Play Ball! 

A new Big Brother mentoring program is being held at Lakeside High School and it has the high school baseball team putting down their bats and lifting their peer’s confidence.

“They play a little baseball together and our older guys show them this is the way the game should be played,” says Leighton Hardin, coach at Lakeside High School.

The program started at the high school earlier this year after the coach wanted to find ways to make the athletic program and school better. 

Hardin says he rallied the young men from the baseball team to help with the new program and it turned out better than expected.

“They have a lot of fun together,” Hardin says. “There is a lot of energy going on at that time but more importantly there is a sense of community.” 

The program is open to Lakeside middle and elementary students from 3rd to 8th grade. Coach Hardin says students don’t have to be good at baseball to join. 

“It’s about mentorship the guys teaching them how to behave how to act,” says Hardin. “We allow everyone to come that’s one of the things we want to promote that we are a community here.”  

The school will continue running the Big Brother program in the Fall. Open enrollment will start again in November and will run on five different Fridays afternoons. 

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