The North Platte Community College Knights women’s basketball team is giving back to the community by mentoring local youth.

Thanks to a new partnership between the team and the North Platte Public Schools Kids Klub, the Knights will spend the next eight weeks encouraging elementary students.

Kids Klub provides after school programming at Cody, Eisenhower, Osgood/Lake, McDonald, Lincoln, Buffalo, Jefferson and Washington elementary schools.

Engaged learning is the organization’s top priority, which is why it offers homework assistance and a variety of enrichment programs in areas such as science, math, technology, arts, nutrition and recreation. The Knights will be part of that programming this semester.

“Community service is a staple of our program, and this is one of many projects our student-athletes have participated in,” said Jeff Thurman, NPCC head women’s basketball coach. “We value our connections with the community and its’ members and businesses. Our objective is to be role models to the elementary students of North Platte public schools, because interacting with and mentoring youth is so important. I think our student-athletes have just as much fun as the kids.”

The Knights will rotate around to a different Kids Klub location every week. The team’s first stop was Wednesday at Lincoln Elementary.

“Anytime we can have positive role models, such as the Lady Knights, volunteer to come in and share experiences with our students, you can be sure that only good will come of it,” said Carrie Lienemann, director of Kids Klub. “We are so lucky to have people like Coach Thurman who see the benefit of giving back to the youth in our community.”

Lienemann said Kids Klub is looking forward to spending the next eight weeks with “these amazing young women and their coaches.”

Kids Klub partners are always needed. Anyone interested in collaborating can contact Lienemann at 696-3360.