Steel Players Taking the Role of Mentors at Local Schools
Wednesday February 15, 2012
Michael Fallon and Ali Thomas, along with their Chicago Steel teammates, are breaking the ice as part of Project CARE at local schools. (photos by MJB Images)
Feature courtesy of Bensenville School District
Ali Thomas is spending his first year out of high school far from his New York City home playing a game he’s been involved with since he was 10 years old. As a forward for the Chicago Steel hockey team, he trains five days a week and plays games the other two days, with an occasional day off.
Once a week he breaks from his routine, along with teammate Michael Fallon, to spend the morning at Mohawk School, helping struggling students learn reading and math. Altogether there are 16 Steel players volunteering at District 2 schools. They are the latest volunteers to join Project CARE, a district-wide student mentor program.
“I’m happy to be there to help them because I was once one of these kids,” Ali said. “When I was younger I needed extra help learning to read.”
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