Whitman Girls' JV Basketball Team Mentors Middle Schoolers

7:59 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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Story and Reporting by Diane Roberts, WUSA 9

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Walt Whitman's junior varsity basketball team hasn't lost a game in more than three years. Now, they're sharing that good fortune and their skills with student-athletes at Deal Middle School in the District.

Lily Silver-Alford, one of the Vikings' captains, and some of her teammates helped launch the team's mentoring program.

"We think at the middle school age, it's nice to encourage them to keep with the sport, even if they're not getting all the support they may want. It's important for them to know someone is there for them, " said JV basketball player Alison Poffley.

Neal Downing is Deal's athletic director and girls' basketball coach and Phyllis Lerner works with the Sankofa Project, the organization that helped partner Deal and Whitman.

"They wanted to celebrate, not with cake and ice cream, but by doing some community service, by giving back," said Lerner.

Deal eighth grader, Sydney Frazier, says she's excited to learn from the Whitman women, on and off the court.

"I want to see how far basketball can take me and I would like to do my best," said Frazier.

If nothing else, the undefeated Whitman team wants to give the Deal middle schoolers the belief they can go wherever they want.

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