MAHOMET (WCIA) — The Mahomet-Seymour boys basketball team is taking the idea of a team beyond the court, as a part of the Freshmen Mentoring Program, or FMP. It’s a school-wide initiative that connects freshmen with upperclassmen.
“You just try to kind of connect with them and know that you’ve been through freshmen year,” Joshua Johnson said. “You kind of, like, live life with them.”
Nine Mahomet-Seymour players serve as mentors during the daily 25-minute meeting period.
“We like to play games, we like to have fun, we go to the gym a lot. But then we also have some more serious talks about different stuff like leadership and study skills and stuff like that,” Noah Benedict added.
“I think it’s done wonders for our culture here in terms of just establishing an interconnectedness,” Dan Ryan said. “When I was in high school, you didn’t interact with seniors when I was a freshman.”
And that connection is helping to bring the team together, too.
“On the basketball team we have a lot of good guys, and to be in this program you have to be a good guy to have people look up to you. I mean, I look up to people on my basketball team. I know we all hold each other accountable to win a basketball game,” Johnson continued.
“On the team, everyone kind of gets what you’re going through with FMP and it teaches all the guys on the team new experiences that can help them on the basketball floor,” Benedict explained.
The Bulldogs will look to use that experience as they try to win their third Regional Title in the last four years.