At 6' 2" tall, 14-year-old David Thomas is quite a force on the basketball court. But it's what he does at the Windsor Forest Community Center when he's not playing a competitive game that makes him really stand out among his peers.
"I help out here with the little kids and the groups and I teach them a lot of stuff about how to play the games of basketball and baseball and tutorial to teach them to read books and help them learn in school," said Thomas.
According to basketball coach Tony Massey, David played a key role this summer with the youth in various summer sessions. Actually, this was his first summer in a leadership position within the summer camps.
"I think he did real well. they looked up to him," said Massey. "I think he was a giant around here because he is one of the tallest kids around here, so a lot of times when he had to help the little kids with homework, they would call, 'Hey David, can you come help me do this or come help me do that?' So I think his leadership quality was real well this year, and for him being a leader for the first time, he did real good."
David has also used his leadership abilities to start his own business within his neighborhood, taking out the trash for those who are unable to do it.
And when asked why his volunteerism is so important to him, he says he simply follows the words of his father. "He tells me to always keep up what you do because you never know who is watching you," said Thomas.
So for trying to do his best when people are watching and even when they are not, David Thomas is this week's WTOC Top Teen.
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