A near death experience has opened the eyes of a local man to give back to his community.
"I was shot in Georgia and pronounced DOA. God left me here for a reason so this is my reason right here. I came back home and started this organization to give back to my community where I came from," says William Allison.
8 years ago Allison, known as Coach Jae, started "Givin Back", a non-profit organization that is free for all kids. Their main goal is to keep kids off the street. Sports clinics are one of their more popular events, but their impact is much more.
"We try to teach kids life skills, we try to teach them god, discipline, education and then sports," says Allison.
Volunteers say a few hours of their time with Coach Jae keeps kids on the road to success
"Right now they will probably be running around. Some may be getting into trouble. So we try to keep them here, keep them out of trouble and get them some good life lessons on how to grow up and be good young men and women," says volunteer Chris Elliott.
"He is really dedicated to the kids. The kids are very important to him and kids look up to him. He is a great mentor to these kids and stuff," says volunteer Angie Miller.
But Coach Jae says the impact on kids lives isn't because of one individual.
"It's about all my staff here. Coaches and stuff so those are the heroes it's not me. There is not an I in team. We are all doing this together," says Allison
For keeping kids off the street, giving them the tools for a bright future, we honor William Allison as this week's Hometown Hero.