Deion Sanders constantly stresses the importance of being involved in young adults’ lives, and their development as not only athletes but contributing members to society.
Sanders’ role as a mentor gives him this opportunity to make a difference.
Develop Them Not Just as Athletes, But as Men
From a young age, Sanders maintained a deep belief in serving his fellow man.
“It probably started when I was playing high school sports,” Sanders said. “I always took it upon myself to target several young men and help develop them not just as athletes, but as men.”
It Comes from My Mother
These leadership qualities did not come from Sanders himself. They originated from the very person who raised him, Connie Sanders.
“Understandably, it comes from my mother,” he said. “We always had someone else besides my friend or my sister to live with us. She always extended a helping hand, and she was always gracious to the multitudes.”
Many people may find it intimidating to take on the role of a mentor. Sanders embraces it.
“What I like most about the mentorship role, it challenges you to be consistent as a person,” he said. “Because someone’s always watching. I like that part. I like to be held accountable.”