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Philippi Middle School Teachers Going the Extra Mile to Help Fund Sports Programs
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 21, 2013 @ 8:11PM
Created on February 21, 2013 @ 5:45PM
 
Nick Mayle is not only a science teacher at Philippi Middle School, he's also their head football coach. From the classroom to the field, he lives and breathes helping his students out.
 
Now, he's at it again. Mayle will be walking 172 miles from Philippi to Canton, Ohio, all to help fund middle school sports in the county.
 
"You ask kids what they want to do when they get older, a lot of times you hear, 'I want to play professional football,' they want to do something like that. Even if it doesn't occur, you're not going to look a kid in the eye and tell him it's not going to happen," said Mayle.
 
Mayle is teaming up with the Barbour All County Sports Organization, a group of parents and community members trying to keep sports in the middle schools. After recent talk of budget cuts, those sports were on the chopping block.
 
Mayle hopes to raise $50,000 to help fund the sports next year.
 
"I've seen kids who have turned their whole attitude around, just by participating in sports. Not just my football program, all the other programs around the county," said Mayle.
 
Lucily, he won't be alone during his journey. Fellow teacher and coach, Marcus Johnson, will also be walking to Canton.
 
"When he said what he was going to do, I thought, man you're crazy. But, after you think about it, and you think about how everything leads into something else," said Marcus Johnson.
 
While both men said this will be both a physical and mental challenge, they hope this will set a good example of what hard work and determination can accomplish.
 
"Hopefully, the kids understand that you fight for a reason, you fight for a cause, and it'll come out in the end, hopefully," said Johnson.
 
"You know, I remember teachers and coaches I had when I was real young. So, it's important. You don't want to leave this world being known as the guy that never tried or the guy that didn't try to do something positive. I want the kids to be able to look back and say, he cared about me, and he was willing to do something to help me," said Mayle.
 
If you'd like to donate, you can visit the One Step at a Time or Barbour All County Sports Organization's Facebook pages. There, you can find a link to their PayPal account.

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