s the B4 youth program draws closer to its 10th year, it continues to address hot button issues.
This year's workshops conducted at Marshall University's student center dove into violence in schools and heroin remaining in widespread epidemic in Huntington.
There was also a video quiz on 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Randy Moss.
Montez Tubbs posted the highest score on the quiz and received four tickets to Moss' first-ballot induction into the Pro Football HOF in Canton, Ohio.
Huntington native Nicole Jackson and TEAM KRL's Shannon King talked with middle school students about violence in schools while Huntington native Scott Hornbuckle, a pilot for Jet Blue, spoke with high schoolers about women having equal footing with men.
Training officer Scott Ramey of the Huntington Fire Department talked with the students about the heroin epidemic in the city while Khaleta Chambers introduced them to Young WV, an organization designed to give young people a voice in their community.
These issues are very relevant when it comes to young people. So it's very important they understand and recognize their value and have respect for themselves and others.
Day 1 consists of teaching and explaining to expose the kids to the social ills that plague our country. The students ate lunch at the food court in the student center. The day concluded with the kids being given t-shirts to wear Day 2
untington native Dr. Telly Meadows, a cardiologist based in North Carolina, was the highlight of Day 2 as he talked to the students about the importance of taking care of your heart at an early age to avoid later complications.
Dr. Meadows shared a story about an 11-year-old boy that hit home with the kids.
"He had been out there playing basketball with his three brothers, to ok a shot and fell back, and hit the ground and died," Dr. Meadows said to a group of stunned students. "So there are conditions for you guys that you do need to worry about when you're playing sports."
Before Dr. Meadows spoke, the students were broken into groups and participated in team building exercises designed to have them work together, but have leaders emerge. This has become a staple of the B4 youth program at the rec center.
The ninth B4 program concluded with an award ceremony.
As the program continues to grow and evolve. Challenges remains, but the program continues to inspire, motivate and educate students in the Huntington Tri-State area.
When TEAM KRL started B4 in 2010. who knew it would grow into what has become. The program has not only impacted youth throughout the tri-state area, but changed the lives of those who have participated in the program.
Thanks again to all those who have supported the program over the years.