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West Plains Wolves Adopt-A-Cub program is making an impact off the field

CANYON, Texas (KFDA) — The Adopt a Wolf Cub program gives children from West Plains feeder schools the opportunity to team up with Wolves football players, cheerleaders and coaches.

For a small fee, “little wolves” can hang out with their “big wolves” at meet-and-greet events, soccer games, and even at lunchtime.

West Plains head coach Adam Cummings says the program has meant a lot to Wolves and Cubs.

“Once we got the ball rolling, it was amazing to see how much the kids and the parents were into it,” Coach Cummings said. “To say it had an impact is an understatement.”

It’s no small responsibility for high school students when kids look up to you.

Junior Dawson Hall has five Cubs and knows the importance of being a leader.

“During the games they shout my name,” Hall said. “They use me as a role model. It keeps me straight and makes sure I’m doing the right things, because these little kids look up to me.

Cubs not only get a new mentor, they also get a t-shirt and whatever their big wolf wants to give them.

Junior Duke Blaser has two cubs who were lucky enough to get exclusive keepsakes.

“I brought them a bunch of stuff and made it into a playing card of myself, which was kind of weird to me, but I think they liked it, so that was pretty cool” , Blaser said. “I remember when I was in elementary school and always looked up to college football players. I was like ‘man, I want to be like them.’ So being a good example for them, I think, is the best thing we can do for this program.

It may only be their first season, but the West Plains Wolves are spreading school spirit in creative ways, thanks to their booster club.

With a pack of Cubs cheering them on a two-game winning streak, the team is planting its roots on and off the field.

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