TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A local youth football organization, is a group of individuals who are taking in kids from the Lee County to not only teach them the Xs and Os of football, but provide them a playbook to become successful both on and off the field.
"Instead of people focusing on the bad things that happened in the neighborhood I wanted something positive to happen," founder of Lee County Falcons Bill Huddleston said.
The program welcomes kids ages 6 through 12 and all the coaches, like Joshua Toliver, volunteer their time to be positive role models.
"I'm all about the kids, I love the sport, I just try to teach them the right way," Toliver said. "I mean football is a life sport anyway, so you can teach everything you can teach about life, you can teach in football."
What Toliver and Huddleston aim to do is not only create a team, but a Lee County family, amongst the players and the parents. Something that parents like Taisha Hendrix think is vital.
"To have a group of individuals who want to give back so the children and the youth have something to build on to grow and to do something that they love is beyond needed right now," Hendrix said.
And it's not just Lee County boys, the Falcons also offer cheerleading for girls to come out and participate.
"A lot of women don't choose the right path just as well as men don't," Cheerleading director Ashlee McKinney said. "We try to teach them life lessons that really matter when it comes to being an adult in this cruel world."
Life lessons so these kids, like Kylin Bobo can become their favorite players. Kylin is from Tupelo, he's in his last year of playing for the falcons and he's already putting what his coaches have taught him into practice.
"They teach me everything I need to know and I listen," Bobo said. "Because most of these younger kids like to look up to me like if I'm not playing hard they don't want to play hard so I have push through and play hard in everything I do because they look up to me."
This is what Huddleston is trying to create, a place of growth for Lee County kids and he has a message for all the parents:
"If they all want to come out here and participate in my program or what I'm trying to do, come on," Huddleston said. "So we can stop the killing all joined together as one."
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