What’s Right With Our Schools: Outside the Classroom with Southwest High coaches
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Football and basketball coaches at Southwest High School in Macon graduated from the school, and years later decided to return to coach the next generation of student athletes.
To be part of the sports program at Southwest, each student must demonstrate several traits, according to the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Joseph Dupree.
“High character, learning to take personal responsibility, determination, dedication, hard working.”
Varsity Basketball Coach Robert Worthy and Dupree remember what it was like playing sports as Southwest Patriots, and both saw the need to graduate from college and coach.
“I saw it as a great opportunity to come back and serve a community that was very, very good to me,” says Worthy.
Worthy played basketball at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. After he graduated, he coached at several schools for nearly 20 years. The last three years have been at Southwest.
He says the program gave him what he is currently trying to give his students: discipline and structure.
“Many kids come from backgrounds that are not so pleasant in many instances, and the fact that they come from those particular backgrounds it gives them an opportunity to be able to rise above their circumstances and go on and do great things,” Worthy says.
When life’s circumstances weigh down on these football players, Dupree says that is when he raises the bar, and pushes his kids even more.
“Just trying to give back to them, and have an impact in their lives, and try to teach them what everybody taught me when I was here,” the coach says.
Dupree played college football at the University of Georgia and at Georgia Southern University. After graduating, he too went into coaching. He came to Southwest three years ago to coach nearly 60 football players and oversee the athletic program to help more than 150 student athletes.
“They’re just learning how to become successful young adults right now, and hopefully that will bridge the gap over to the journey that they’re taking on,” says Dupree.
Worthy adds, “I want them to be young men that go out and do positive and constructive things within society, and hopefully go on into higher education and graduate from college and come back and live a wholesome life.”
Dupree believes the program builds goal-oriented, focused and persistent students.
“How to win. How to lose in life and host to overcome adversity,” Dupree adds.
Both coaches say they plan to continue coaching until retirement.
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