Rome City Schools has developed a program that helps busy parents get young Wolves to practice and get extra help with assignments in the classroom. Coach John Reid noticed that many kids from Rome City’s elementary schools were having difficulty getting to practice for sports, specifically the 6th graders who wanted to play football. So, together with community members and RCS coaches Reid refers to as, “Wolf Coaches” students who want to participate in sports now have transportation to practice and time after school to study with a tutor.
“We developed Wolf Power and Wolf Practice because we had an issue with our 5th graders. We did not have enough upcoming 6th graders playing football,” said Reid. “We actually had no 6th graders from Anna K. Davie playing football. We had to find a new way to do business and create a program to make sure our 6th graders could attend practice without missing valuable time to study at home. They were usually the last practice session we held in the evenings and that practice is at Rome Middle School. For some people, it is hard to get there.”
Coach Reid has enlisted the help of elementary school volunteers and his staff in forming a study group where young athletes can solve math problems on the whiteboard, complete worksheets, read books and go over material they may not have mastered in class.
“After the study session, we have a bus that goes to all of the schools and picks the kids up for practice,” Reid explained. “I have a bus monitor who has arms as big as legs. He is our bus monitor and he rides on the back of the bus to watch the boys. He keeps the peace on the bus.” Wolf Power is a derivative of Wolf Practice and is held two times a week. Formerly held at the Main
Elementary gym, Wolf Power kids now gather at North Heights Elementary to do light workouts like squats without weigh, push-ups, sit-ups and footwork drills.”We just want to condition the kids to work out the right way and minimize injury,” Reid said.
“In the spring, we will start Wolf Practice. This is 10 days of practice to get them ready for fall football practice,” he continued. “We are now able to start football practice in the fall at 4:15 p.m. so that they can be home by 6 p.m. instead of starting practice at 6:30 p.m. The program has grown and we are happy with the results. We had 136 kids at Wolf Power last week.”
Reid says that he owes the success of the program to the volunteers and staff who go the extra mile for RCS students. And because the kids are home earlier in the evening and are getting help with homework, they are able to get adequate rest and additional instruction which translates to success in class.