Flex players Ryan Anderson and Ray Miller play foosball before a news conference at the Boys & Girls Club of Peoria. (Photo courtesy Facebook/BloomingtonFlex)
By WJBC Staff
PEORIA - Bloomington Flex basketball players say they want do more than just win championships, they want to be a positive influence in young people's lives.
The second-year Premier Basketball League franchise has launched a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs and Bloomington-Normal and Greater Peoria.
Coach A.J. Guyton's team will have players visit both clubs several times a month to read and play games with the children.
"They are all role models here, they're not just on TV. We have role models here home grown here in Peoria, including Daniel Ruffin. We have guys from other states playing for our team. These are people you want to aspire to be," Guyton said at a news conference.
Flex Vice President of Public Relations, Katie Henderson, said opportunities like these are the reason they got into Flex basketball.
"it's important for us to succeed in basketball, but it's more important for us to help others succeed in life," Henderson said.
The Boys and Girls Club welcomes the players' influence on its young people.
"We're so excited that the Flex reached out to us to offer their players as club volunteers," Jacobie Proctor, Director of Program Development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria. "Kids look up to athletes, and when we can put them together, it can potentially be extremely impactful. I hope the example set by the Flex players will inspire others to volunteer."
The Flex plays its home opener next Friday night against the Gary Splash.
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