On June 8, 2012, TEAM KRL founders Shannon King, Duane Rankin and Chris Layne returned to their hometown for the third B4 (Be Strong, Be Positive, Be Ready, Believe) youth program at Marshall University.
A total of 62 kids between 6th and 11th grade from Huntington, Portsmouth, Ohio, South Point and Ashland, Ky., participated in the program that began with a prayer from Bishop Samuel Moore of Full Gospel Assembly. Then Rankin talked to the kids about first impressions and the importance of eye contact.
Marie Redd followed with a speech about being a success and how to become one. In 1998, the Huntington native became the first black elected to the West Virginia. State Senate.
After lunch at the Harless Dining Hall, the kids saw a video on the history of HHS. From there, Rev. Donte' Jackson (for boys only) of First Baptist, his wife Christina Caul-Jackson (for girls only) and MU student Charles Meyers headed up workshops about mentors, tools to success and understand science and math..
King led a workshop on bullying and Layne discussed education in relation to what can be achieved with it.
Day 2 began with the kids taking a quiz on HHS video. The top student received an autographed book from Doug Williams, who was the first black starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
From there, Rev. Jackson, Nichole Miller and Michelle Perdue led workshops. Jackson continued his talk about mentoring while Miller spoke about a debutante program. Perdue, who works for United Way River Cities, discussed the dangers of drugs and alcohol and a drug prevention program for Cabell County students.
After lunch courtesy of Gino's Pizza, they participated in rock climbing and team building activities at MU's new rec center. Awards were given at the end of the program as the top students received autographed items and $25 gift cards donated by the NAACP Huntington Cabell-Branch.
Can't stop. Won't stop.