Duncan Assistant Coach Drew Wortham is one of the latest coaches to make the pledge to be a mentor in the most recent Oklahoma Coaches Mentoring Challenge.
The program was originally brought to Oklahoma in 2014 when Coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State challenged then OU Coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy to lead team Oklahoma in the challenge.
Since growing the program, over 800 coaches throughout the high school level have taken the challenge to become a mentor, including several Stephens County coaches.
Wortham, who is an assistant for the Demons football team and also helps with the Demons baseball program, is one of several area coaches to support the challenge.
Wortham works as a teacher at Duncan Middle School and has seen some good work come out of being a group mentor which benefits children academically, their social aspect and has seen the emotional and economic results of mentoring.
As part of the fifth year program, Wortham received a signed baseball from Oklahoma State University head baseball coach Josh Holliday and the rest of the OSU baseball team.
The final count of the total number of coaches who signed up to become a mentor will be released once all the pledges have been counted.
The Oklahoma Coaches Mentoring Challenge is sponsored by the Boren Mentoring Initiative, a program of the Oklahoma Foundation of Excellence. The Boren Mentoring Initiative offers free consulting to begin new mentoring programs.