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Buffalo Bills Fullback Corey McIntyre Starts Scholarship Program; Fundraiser Set for Nov. 9

November 7th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Thanks to Buffalo Bills fullback Corey McIntyre, 38 Buffalo high school boys every year will get a shot at higher education.

But that shot will come at a price.

McIntyre recently launced the Team 38 Mentor Program at Buffalo's South Park High School. Through the program, 38 freshmen and sophomores were picked to take part in academic and social mentoring.

Each boys signs an agreement committing to mentoring sessions on topics such as resume writing and business etiquette, as well as volunteering at events McIntyre picks for them. Participants also have to keep their grades up and work with adult volunteers.

"I want to teach them how to grow up and be good men, respectful men," McIntyre said in a phone interview with Bills 101. "I just want to help these kids set some goals and meet them."

If a young man makes it all the way through senior year, he gets a $3,800 college scholarship. McIntyre stressed it's not meant to be easy money, though:

"There's no easy tasks. We're not giving any breaks. I just want to see who's dedicated and willing to do the hard work."

McIntyre is in his fifth season with the Bills. He said he's been in the city long enough to see the worst of what teens have to endure to reach adulthood and thought now was the time to do something about it. He also has grown fond of the city and wanted to give back, he said.

But the program also touches McIntyre on a personal level. He grew up fatherless and was raised by his grandfather. His hope is to give young men in a similar situation the type of guidance he was lucky enough to get from his grandfather – the type of influence many boys have to do without.

"There's a lot of stuff going on in Buffalo," he said. There's not a big job market. There's a lot of crime. There's a lot of kids growing up without a father. I just thought it was time to step up and do something. I don't want them to be the products of their environment. This is the time I could make some kind of difference."

Team 38 will host its first fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Lancaster Lanes, 4913 Transit Road, Depew. Tickets sold will help raise scholarship money, and McIntyre will put his 230 average on display and take part in the event.

That will be the first of many events to come. McIntyre said Team 38 will go to a different Buffalo-area school every September to recruit another 38-boy group to take part in the program.

McIntyre's contract expires at the end of this season, and his profession might take him away from Buffalo after that. But he's creating this program to remain a part of the community well after he's gone:

"I want to help them move on in life and be a positive role model."

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