Former U-M coach Lloyd Carr stresses power of mentoring at West Olive event

When a local youth mentoring program expressed a desire to lure in a big name to its campaign aimed at promoting a new outdoor program, Rob Renes had the perfect candidate in mind.
Nate Thompson
May 8, 2012

Renes, a former standout at Holland West Ottawa who became an All-America nose tackle at the University of Michigan, called one of his biggest mentors, former University of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.

Carr spoke about the power of mentoring to a group of nearly 40 people who gathered on Monday at Hemlock Crossing Nature Center in West Olive.

The program, Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring, was highlighting its newest program called “The Outdoor Challenge.” The dual county effort between Muskegon and Ottawa counties encourages activities such as hiking, fishing, rock climbing and more.

“Mentoring is a powerful thing,” Carr said, with Renes and several other former players looking on. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen kids who were close to dropping out of school or heading down a wrong path and mentor, whether it be a teacher, a coach, whoever, provides a positive role-model for them and changes their lives.”

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