Members of Central High School’s Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA) gave a talk to Wheeler Avenue sixth graders about how sports can serve as a vehicle for positive personal development, ultimately helping athletes make wiser choices , on and off the field. During their last visit last month, club members were assigned a Wheeler class to explain the purpose of Athletes Helping Athletes, an organization dedicated “to promoting activities for young athletes that highlight the lessons lifestyle and sport skills so they can experience the benefits and true value of sport participation,” according to their website.

Upperclass members began by sharing personal stories of how the values ​​of sportsmanship and fair play influenced their life decisions and honed their leadership skills. Subsequently, Wheeler students were given difficult scenarios they could potentially encounter both in their athletic careers and in their lives outside of sports and brainstormed ways to resolve them.

This was the second visit for AHA members from Central to Wheeler students this year, and they were thrilled to have the opportunity to connect and mentor their young peers. The club plans to make another visit this year to discuss more serious topics such as bullying, drugs and alcohol. This is consistent with the AHA’s commitment to addressing social issues such as substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, and physical activity.