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FNR campus visit: Clovis vs. Central

Central High athletes reading to kids as part of the Athletes as Readers and Leaders program

Our Friday Night Rivals game features the two best teams in the Valley, undefeated Clovis is at red-hot Central, live at 7:00 p.m. Friday on CW59.

FOX26 Sports Reporter Nick King visited both campuses to see what the students are up to off the field.

As good as the football is right now at Clovis and Central, the level of community service is on par.

Starting with the Cougars, who say they've tripled the number of volunteer opportunities for students from last year, and say they're seeing all kinds of new faces giving back.

Clovis ASB President Kendal Pope said, “As a little girl, my parents always had us serving other people. And I felt such a reward just helping other people throughout my life, and I just want to share that with other people."

There are three service clubs at Clovis, and new this year, when any of them finds a volunteer opportunity, the information gets sent out in a text message to all students.

Clovis Community Service Officer Allison Schindler said, "Some just don't know how to get involved, and they want to. It really gives them an opportunity to give back, when a lot of high school is about focusing on yourself and what you want to do with your life, it's a way to step back from that and really give back to others."

Eight years ago, Central Unified started a program called “Athletes as Readers and Leaders.”

At the time, seven football players would visit elementary schools in the district and read to the kids.

There's now more than 100 Grizzlies participating, representing all sports.

Central tennis player Anna Rafuson said, "I saw their faces and they looked so happy to see us, and it's so wonderful to see how great and how much they look up to us. We're like a role model, when simply all I am is just a typical high school student."

These big high schoolers are also the perfect people to talk to the youngsters about healthy choices like being active, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, and studying hard in school.

Central swimming and water polo player Spencer May said, "Their faces light up and it's just like a look of admiration every time you walk into the classroom. Just being that person that can be a role model and set an example for the kids, to give them an opportunity to have a better life, is like a really sweet experience."

If you can't make it to the game, make sure you watch it at 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 14th on The CW59.

If you do make it to the game, upload your photos and videos and we might use them on the FOX26 10 o'clock News!

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