Inspired by a successful first season, high school students from Bullitt Central’s football team are back to mentor Shepherdsville Elementary School students.
For nine Thursdays before a Friday home game, 45 SES Stingrays wait anxiously for their arrival. Their eyes peer through the cafeteria glass seeking the first maroon and grey uniform.
Smiles draw across faces as, at first a few, then more and more, until the entire team is present with Head Coach Matt Keuhn and his assistants.
The moment football players enter the school, the Stingrays become COUGAR BUDDIES. Each player is paired with a young man or lady (there are two females on this year’s varsity team).
SES Family Resource Center Coordinator and Cougar Buddies Sponsor Traci Gould said many of the football players are the same as last year although a few are new.
“All of the little buddies are new to the program,” she confirmed as several moved on to middle school.
Each week features a new activity. The first week was about introducing the high school football player to his new Cougar Buddy. Week two welcomed Shepherdsville Mayor Curtis Hockenbury with a motivational talk. He gave Coach Kuehn and several others the Key to the City.
Gould said the remaining sessions will focus on additional presenters along with the importance of community, a service project, math, literacy, STEM, etc.
Cougar Buddies are also allowed to attend all Bullitt Central varsity home football games for free.
Below are four columns. 2017 BCHS football players are listed first in each column followed by their SES Cougar Buddy. The jersey number is shared by both students.
BCHS Student SES Cougar Buddy BCHS Student SES Cougar Buddy
Brendan Wilkins Warren Coogle (2) Tommie Durbin Tanner Schmidt (3)
Ayden Berry Lucas Schank (4) Cody Taylor Zac Clark (5)
Joshua Clay Drew Marcum (6) Grace Rogers Shaelin Warner (7)
Robert Douglas Ashton Collins (8) Kurtis Jackson Isaiah Miller (10)
Hunter Waddle Logan Baggett (11) Barrett Waite Dillian Rinker (13)
Mason Boggs Josh Probus (16) Kenny Huff Chris Heck (17)
Dylan Johnson Daylin Huff (18) Robert Pronovost Jacob Robertson (19)
Quentin Burns Jacob Dillman (20) Patrick Patton Robbie Ice (21)
Colton Brooks Wyatt Hall (24) Ben Street Cody Sanders (25)
Evan Moore James Jones (29) Grayson Simms Brenden Burkhead (30)
Elijah Voss Patrick Hall (32) Dylan Fields Trenton Davis (35)
Nathan Lawrence Dakota Strong (36) Wesley Hodge Zach Walker (44)
Adam Moore Isaiah Thurman (45) Brett Rogers Dustin Weber (46)
Dylan Cornell Shawn Duckwall (50) Trever Johnson Chris Sturgeon (51)
Dominic Norman John Seay (53) William Collins Colton Crigler (55)
Trentin Bewley Hunter Whitlock (74) Charles Brady Jonathan Vicaro (59)
Gabe Umbreit Blake Rigney (62) Jonah Risner Laren Ocasio (64)
Caleb Hughes Alex Barnhard (65) Owen Schnieder Nick Perez (66)
Alexius Rinker Emilee Keating (67) Carson Solus Christian Boman (70)
Ryan Shelton Alex Perez (71) Jacob Selch Austin Rhodes (73)
Dakota Dye Curtis Yankey (75) Zander Rhodes Alex Shickert (79)
Anthony Crabtree Ashton Adams (95) Logan Olsson Alex Oleynik ( 99)