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Some college students studying abroad may prefer to spend their free time out on the town – but Marcus Witherspoon has been spending his evenings teaching children to play American football.
When Witherspoon first arrived in Bologna, Italy, he was connected with Ishan Debnath, a 9-year-old boy who had a hankering to learn English.
Witherspoon, who is a football player at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, then decided to help the youngster with his English by teaching Ishan and his neighborhood friends how to play American football.
“I’m really just there for him as a native English speaker,” said Witherspoon. “It reminds me of growing up and hanging out with my friends. It’s just having a good time with your friends.”
Through their conversations about school, sports and video games, Ishan and Witherspoon have formed a big-brother, little-brother bond – and for Ishan, it’s not only an opportunity to learn English, but to work on translation skills between Witherspoon and other neighborhood children.
“[Marcus] helps me a lot,” said Ishan. “It’s amazing.”
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