“Being on your own matures you more than you ever think it will,” Willie says about his freshman year in college. He talks about how he had to wake himself up (no parents in his dorm room to help with that). Even more, he learned very quickly that time management was going to help him get further. As a part of the baseball team at Texas Southern, Willie has to balance his time with the classes he is taking for his major in athletic training.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor keeps kids safe and out of trouble,” Willie says. “I learned a lot about respect—respect for myself and for others.” Some of his best memories are of the field trips and bonding activities he participated in while a member.
“The Club set me up for the future,” Willie says.