Champion for Community
Steve Wells, Western Kentucky Region
Working with youth to build a better tomorrow
For Commercial Relationship Manager Steve Wells, many of his volunteer activities have a common thread – mentoring and serving youth. For Steve, working with young people today builds the foundation for a stronger community tomorrow.
Currently, Steve serves as the board chairman for Junior Achievement of Muhlenberg County, a position he has held for the past two years. His involvement with JA of Muhlenberg County began in 1998, but his first JA experience dates back to 1989, when he volunteered to teach JA classes while in college. During his time as a JA teacher and volunteer, Steve has had the opportunity to touch more than 400 young lives. In 2011 alone, JA of Muhlenberg County served 1,600 students ranging from fifth grade through high school seniors.
Steve’s passion for serving youth can also be seen on the basketball court. In 2004, he helped start the first ever Upward Basketball program in Muhlenberg County. Beyond the principles of basketball, this program promotes self esteem for children, teaches them Christian values and helps them learn life skills. Steve served as leader of the Upward program until 2008, and he coached during that time. For the past three years, he has also coached Jr. Pro basketball in the county school system.
Two years ago, Steve’s commitment to his community and youth was tapped even further, when he was selected to help develop and implement a parks and recreation program within Muhlenberg County. In December, 2011, he was appointed by a magistrate of the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court to chair the first Parks and Recreation Executive Board in conjunction with the progress of this project. This newly-established Greater Muhlenberg Parks and Recreation System will develop recreational programs for young and old alike, along with making additions, improvements and enhancements to parks facilities.
Says Steve, “As Old National associates, we are an important part of the communities we live in. When we volunteer our minds, hands and time to make our community better in visible ways, it sometimes even changes the community spirit, ultimately transcending and making it a better place to live for everyone.”
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