During practice, the Klein Bengals, a team of tiny 5 and 6-year-old flag football players from Benignus, Mahaffey and Mueller Elementary, could be seen warming up, running plays, and creating mischief here and there.
In the midst of all this, two Klein Oak sophomores, Jake Braren and Kason Tullos, are spotted redirecting the rambunctious boys with patience and kindness.
In Klein ISD, students are encouraged to become mentors to others within their communities. Braren and Tullos are perfect examples of students who fit our Profile of a Leader.
They are both Promise2Purpose Investors, individuals inspiring, coaching, encouraging and developing others, and Relationship Driven by creating trust, partnerships and collaborations and leading with our values of integrity, gratitude, humility and kindness.
Braren and Tullos have been in the All-American Youth Football league together since they were 3 years old and were clearly excited to be coaching this team.
“I remember things that my coach taught me when I was this little and it has stuck with me throughout my entire life,” Tullos said. “I know that the skills and character me and Kason are teaching these kids will carry on with them throughout their lives, too.”
Even parents of the players expressed how well the two coaches connected to their children and outshined other rival coaches on the field.
“Both boys are great about being patient and teaching not only skills, but the value of goals and the concept of good competition and winning.” – Fletcher Holloway, parent
“In the beginning [of the season], if my son Aaron was crying, Jake would talk to him and he would run a play and pick Aaron up with the ball to make sure he got a smile out of him,” parent Fletcher Holloway said. “Both boys are great about being patient and teaching not only skills but the value of goals and the concept of good competition and winning.”
When asked about what they love most about coaching, Braren responded with “I love teaching them that it’s okay to lose a game and encouraging them when they feel down.”
Both boys stood up tall and were visibly proud of their team’s accomplishments and progress.
“I love bonding with the kids,” Tullos said. “I love watching them mature and grow in the game. Some of them have never played before, but here we are going to the Playoffs.”
Students like Jake and Kason are role models in our community and Klein ISD is proud to have them positively impacting the lives of younger children in our schools.
Updates on their journey to the Playoffs and Superbowl will be posted.
Special thanks to Alicia Ebbeler for the use of her photos
To find out more information on the All-American Youth Football and Drill Team, visit https://www.aayfdt.org/
Learn more about our Promise2Purpose vision at https://kleinisd.net/vision/.