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DOVER, Del. - One of the several core values that Wesley College head men's basketball coach Dean Burrows has for his team is servanthood and helping out in the communities of Dover and Kent County. Rising senior forward Paul Clemons has taken that to heart with his community service efforts. This summer, Clemons has assisted with the Green Beret Project for at-risk youth in Dover.
The Green Beret Project is an outreach program, based out of the former Simon Circle Boys & Girls Club, created by the Dover Housing Authority, the Dover Police Athletic League, the Capital School District and other local and federal organizations to give kids and teens around Dover a place to go outside of school and in the summer months.
The goal of the program is to keep young kids and teens away from trouble and distractions from the streets, which can lead to drug addiction, criminal and gang activity and dropping out of school.
"I've been able to work with kids in the area and be a positive role model for them," said Clemons. "I didn't have that growing up. I enjoy it, they enjoy it, so I appreciate having the chance to be a part of this program."
"It is important that our team reaches out to Dover and the community. Giving back every possible chance we can shows that no matter what your situation or circumstances are, you don't have to stay like that," Coach Burrows stated. "Servanthood and community service benefits not only the youth in our area, but also our student-athletes to become better well-rounded citizens."
A native of Dennery, St. Lucia, Clemons transferred to Wesley in the Fall of 2016 following a two-year stint at Highland Community College in Highland, Kan. He has grown into a leadership role on and off the court.
"I've felt like the most valuable thing you can give to someone is your time," Clemons said. "Just being able to give that to the kids and let them know that there are people out there that care about them and want to see them succeed."