Making the decision to return to your hometown after attending college is something that a lot of locals do not do. But, Rodney Anthony, a 2006 graduate of Bastrop High School did just that and wants to make a difference in the lives of area teens.
Anthony, who played football at BHS, earned a scholarship to play football at Tuskegee University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social work. He then played arena football before returning to his hometown.
"I always wanted to do something to help the young men and women of the community and my dad told me about the slogan, "Pull up your pants and put down your guns," and I knew that would be where I started," Anthony said.
The football and track coach for Morehouse Jr. High then began his crusade. He had shirts printed with the saying on them and posted a picture to his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Anthony teamed up with BHS teachers Larry Green and Maurice Crowder and also began a mentoring program in which they hope to be a stable role model for both teenaged boys and girls.
"While we want to work with anyone, we really want to teach these young men how to be men," Anthony continued. Anyone can use their past as an excuse not to better themselves and we want to show them that everyone has a voice and potential to be anything they want to be.
"I could have used the excuse that I grew up in a single parent household or where I lived as the reason I didn't better myself, but I used the mistakes of others to show me what not to do," he continued.
For more information on the mentoring program, Anthony can be contacted at 805.2820 or via Facebook. Green can be contacted at 557.6408 and Crowder at 805.2751.