JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Northview High School wrestling coach Bob Biondich began a mentoring program for high school, elementary and middle school wrestling programs.
“I thought it was important to have the big kids help the little kids,” Biondich said.
Biondich has been the head coach of Northview wrestling for two years, and the coach of the junior program for five.
“I thought it was time to bring the two programs together,” he said.
Biondich came up with the mentoring idea as a way to help each program.
“It gives the high-schoolers an opportunity to make a positive impact on the younger kids, and gives the younger kids a positive role model,” he said.
The mentoring program began on Monday, Dec. 10 with a dinner and two motivational speakers.
“We had John Trautwein of the Will to Live Foundation and Kyle Maynard speak to the kids,” Biondich said.
The Will to Live Foundation is a program dedicated to improving the lives of teenagers.
“I used to coach John’s son in lacrosse, and two years ago he committed suicide and no one saw it coming,” Biondich said. “His family created the foundation to help prevent teen suicide.”
Biondich said Kyle Maynard spoke to the students about doing their best and having no excuses.
Maynard is a motivational speaker born with arms ending at his elbows and legs ending at his knees.
“He talked to the group about not setting limits and believing in yourself,” Biondich said.
Northview senior Wesley Lemons said he’s excited about the program.
“I think it will be fun,” Lemons said.
“We’ve had a really good season, and this will give us a chance to show the kids what high school wrestling is like,” Lemons said.
Biondich said the boys would meet once a week after practice and attend each other’s wrestling matches.
“It’s a great opportunity for both programs,” Biondich said.