By Todd Fertig
Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder has dedicated his career to mentoring college football players. Now his interest in Kansas prisons will result in funds to help match inmates with mentors of their own.
Snyder recently participated in a program to promote responsible parenting by men incarcerated at El Dorado Correctional Facility (EDCF). While there, Snyder took time to autograph several footballs, which will be auctioned, with the proceeds dedicated to Mentoring4Success. Mentoring4Success pairs inmates who are within six months of their parole with a mentee who can assist them in a successful transition to society.
Footballs autographed by Snyder regularly sell for more than $200 apiece. Mentoring4Success coordinator Gloria Geither is excited to see how the money raised can benefit the mentoring initiative launched by Gov. Sam Brownback in 2011.
“Coach Snyder is such an advocate for mentoring, and he genuinely cares about the success of people in every walk of life, so his support goes beyond just donating the items we will auction,” said Geither. “He knows the power that a friend and role model can have in someone’s life, and he encourages everyone to give it a try.”
Snyder has won numerous conference and national coach of the year honors, and has led the Kansas State football team to 14 bowl games. Snyder is known for resurrecting the Kansas State team from the depths of college football, and he believes Kansas inmates can make the same dramatic change that his team made over the past quarter century.
Over the past year and a half, Mentoring4Success has matched more than 2,000 inmates with a mentor. For more information about becoming a mentor, contact Gloria Geither, Mentoring4Success coordinator, by phone - 785-296-0450, or by emai GloriaG@doc.ks.gov.
Reprinted with permission from the Kansas DOC