Last fall, the pair founded 4thQTR Inc, a nonprofit that uses sports as a vehicle to mentor local youths. The idea is to help students in the “fourth quarter of life,” which Covington and Guy use as a metaphor for the pivotal moments young people face on and off the field.
Their organization got its first gig this spring, a weekly after-school program for students at Elkridge Landing Middle School. The founders held hour-long sessions Monday afternoons from early May to mid-June, during which as many as 18 students gathered outside for exercise and to run football drills, interspersed with big brotherly advice and help with schoolwork. The program focuses on four areas: academic excellence; drug and alcohol awareness; healthy habits and physical fitness; and leadership skill-building through sports.