Community spotlight: Assistant football coach nurtures the whole child

Sam Bryant

Teachers and the support professionals in our schools aren't the only ones focused on nurturing the whole child.

Sam Bryant, the elected constable of Reading's 14th Ward and Reading High School's assistant football coach, routinely challenges the students he coaches to improve their social skills. He's also given back to his community by organizing several food drives for local churches and food banks.

Bryant is one of six recipients of the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum of Reading's Making a Difference Award, a part of the museum's monthlong celebration of Black History Month. 

"I always felt like I had an obligation to give back to the place that made me who I was," Bryant told the Reading Eagle.

Bryant's work with the Reading High students has not been limited to the football field. He mentors them and encourages them to be good communicators by maintaining eye contact, having a firm handshake, and knowing how to greet and speak with people.

"A lot of kids grow up not knowing how to express themselves," Bryant told the Reading Eagle.

Bryant will be honored with the Making a Difference Award on Feb. 25. Read his full story on the Reading Eagle's website.


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