Athletes often are role models, especially for young children. A WVU basketball player went to Mountaineer Middle School to make sure that the kids there all shoot for the sky.
Ayana Dunning spoke to Mountaineer Middle School students through the Today's Youth Tomorrow's America program. The point is to reduce the rate of high school drop outs through motivational outreach.
"I wasn't able to have something like this, have someone that I was able to see play on television or I looked up to come speak to me," Dunning said. "I think for myself, and all the WVU athletes this is just a great opportunity to come back and be able to share with the kids."
Principal John Rogers said that having Dunning come to the school was special not only because she's a WVU athlete.
"I was especially excited when it was a female athlete because our female athletes really don't ever get the chance to see another female present to them," Rogers said. "So I think that it's a good thing for everybody involved."
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Dunning explained to them to always be prepared for tests because tests not only happen in school but through out your life.
"The biggest thing for me was just to stick with my values," said Dunning. "I know in middle school and high school where you start to develop these groups of friends and you have different people that you spend the majority of your time with. I just want to make sure that they're staying around positive people."
Today's Youth Tomorrow's America kicked off their program at Mountaineer Middle School because of WVU Women's Basketball Coach Mike Carey. Carey is originally from Clarksburg and would have gone to MMS if he were a student today.