Not only will Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith be the first African-American head coaches to lead their teams to the Super Bowl this Sunday, they also are mentor and mentee. Dungy gave Smith his first NFL coaching job when they were both at Tampa Bay. Smith considers Dungy his mentor, and they still talk by phone every Monday.
But Dungy taught Smith more than football. He taught him, by example, how to treat players with respect. They both are deeply religious men who are trying to make a positive difference in the world.
Dungy and Smith will appear together in a public service announcement (PSA) that will air on CBS during the Super Bowl to recruit volunteer mentors for at-risk youth. CBS Cares, the public service arm of CBS, made this happen, in collaboration with CBS Sports and the NFL. The PSA will encourage viewers to visit to the Web site of Big Brothers/Big Sisters to learn more about volunteering as a mentor. Additional information on mentoring is available at WhoMentoredYou.org.
So, who mentored you? Pass it on...Volunteer as a mentor.