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Mentor helped teen realize his hoops dreams

Posted: August 29, 2012 - 10:55am  |  Updated: August 29, 2012 - 10:57am

 

Boston Young left Saturday for an opportunity that two years ago he didn’t think would come.

A family situation led Young to live with his sister in Aiken after his sophomore year at North Augusta High.

“Since then, my life has changed,” he said. “I have really been blessed with a lot of opportunities.”

The basketball standout tried to play for his new school, Midland Valley High, but because his sister wasn’t his legal guardian, rules prevented him from playing for the Mustangs.

Young was left as a junior and senior wondering how he was going to be scouted to play for a college when he couldn’t play high school basketball in two of the most critical years to be seen.

But doors opened, and the Class of 2012 graduate packed his bags Saturday to leave for Erskine College in Due West, S.C. He won’t be able to play basketball his first year, but he will join the team as a walk-on as a sophomore.

The 19-year-old said he ran into Tim Butler in February and Butler started to help him figure out what the next step would be in his life. Butler mentored Young at North Augusta Middle through the Men Being Accountable program and knew him from Mt. Transfiguration Baptist Church.

Butler tried to get him on the basketball team at Paine College, but the Lions did not have any scholarships available. Young said he planned to go anyway and try to walk on, but then Brandon Moses, the coach of his AAU team, the Aiken Warriors, came through with the Erskine opportunity. Moses had played basketball for the college.

“I worked out for them one time,” said Young, explaining how Erskine was able to see him play.

The 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard/small forward said he has an academic scholarship and plans to major in athletic training.

The Men Being Accoun-table program has been at North Augusta Middle for six years, Butler said. Mentors with the program have helped Young with items for college such as a book bag and dormitory supplies.

“I wanted to show him that he has a support group and let him know that he has to be accountable,” Butler said. “He is a kid who always wanted to play (basketball), always been a skill player, just needed the opportunity.”

Butler said he hopes the story of Young still finding a way to make his dream come true will inspire others to not give up on their dreams.

BE ACCOUNTABLE

 

Interested in becoming a mentor or volunteer with the Men Being Accountable or Diamonds in the Rough programs at North Augusta Middle School? Call Tim Butler at (803) 292-6168.

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