MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Whether it's football, basketball or baseball most people love sports. In tonight's Cash for Kindness we introduce you to a man who, when his football career ended he decided to make a difference in the lives of young men the only way he knew how.
Darrayl "Quake" Whestone was quiet an athlete back in the day. He played football in the mid 80's for the University of Alabama. But, when his playing days were over he took his talents home to Montgomery to use them in a different way.
He started working with the city's parks and recreation department and he started coaching at the Smiley court recreation center. Down through the years he became more than just a coach. He became a father figure and role model to so many young boys including Carlissa Murphy's four son's.
"He's picked them up to and from practice he feeds them sometimes when I work late. I can call him and he's done a lot for not only my kids but other kids for over 20 years."
Murphy wanted to say thank you on behalf of the parents and children he's helped down through the years. We gave her 120 dollars to surprise coach "Quake" as he's known to so many.
We caught up with coach Quake at the Smiley court recreation center where he was cleaning up getting ready for basketball practice. He told us about his playing days and why he decided to turn his focus to helping others.
"Kids didn't ask to be here. Without a parent, mother or father, I don't look at it that way I just want to be there for them anyway I can."
He's taken many from the sidelines and put them in the game of life where winners and losers are identified by trophies but by the person they become.
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