Thursday, January 24, 2013

Prairie Stars' Gupton excels on, off basketball court

Kyle Gupton is busy enough as it is attending the University of Illinois Springfield and playing for the men’s basketball team.

Yet the 6-foot-2 senior starting guard will add to an already hectic schedule next week when he begins an internship at Laketown Elementary School. Gupton is taking on the opportunity for the good of children.

“Two years ago, we started working with Laketown before and after the season,” UIS coach Ben Wierzba said. “We help with reading or whatever they need. We want to be role models. Kyle has been great with those kids.”

Gupton is majoring in social work. He carries a 3.6 grade-point average and is on the athletic director’s honor roll. He began working with youths three years ago in his hometown of Ypsilanti, Mich., located between Ann Arbor and Detroit.

“I will work with individual kids and help them a little bit outside of the school, too,” Gupton said. “I’m going to start off doing two or hree days a week. As soon as basketball season ends, I’ll be able to go five days.”

Gupton was featured on January 24, 2013 by the State Journal-Register.

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