When Tennessee senior defensive end LaTroy Lewis walked into Knoxville’s Lonsdale Elementary School classroom he was about to read to, it struck him as all too familiar to the rough part of Akron, Ohio, he had come from.
It inspired him so much, he told 247Sports, that he decided to launch a non-profit to “mentor, culture, cultivate and educate children while building interpersonal relationships between urban youth and impactful community leaders.”
The organization is called Project Elevate. Now, Lewis goes to Lonsdale Elementary every Wednesday to speak with a group of fourth-graders. Linebacker Kenny Bynum joins him many Wednesdays, 247’s Wes Rucker reports.
Lewis, Bynum and other Vols will dedicate their upcoming Saturday off to Project Elevate. Instead of playing football, they will participate in Hero Day, a “day of service dedicated to the memory of Zaevion Dobson, a Lonsdale native and former Knoxville Fulton High School football player who was killed in December after diving in front of two female friends to shield them from a drive-by shooting that had nothing to do with any of the three,” Rucker writes.
Read more about Project Elevate and Hero Day in 247Sports’ story here.