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Scott expected to change Sherrod's life; he learned it was really the other way around

In 2009 Scott Ramsey became a Big Brother mentor to then 13-year-old Sherrod. Scott had recently gone through a divorce and during that time he was given a bit of good advice: "Invest in helping others. It will take the focus away from your own pain." He spent some time reflecting on his own childhood and a man who mentored him as a youngster growing up without a father figure.

“(Tom) came into my life when I was probably nine or ten years old. He was a big influence on me. I thought, if that one person really made a difference in my life, maybe it's time for me to pay it forward."

Scott says his goal as a Big Brother mentor is to ensure Sherrod knows that someone loves him and is proud of him. "Sherrod is a great kid. Polite, big million-dollar smile. He’s just changed my whole life. It's been such a blessing to me to watch him grow and mature.”

Sherrod says Scott has been there for him during tough times and has taught him important life lessons. He says the most important thing he has learned from Scott is: “Every decision comes with a consequence, whether it's good or bad. Think before you do something wrong. "I didn't have a dad there when Mr. Scott came in. Now, he’s just like a father figure. We go out, we play Frisbee golf, we practice baseball and throw a football, go bowling. We just go out and have fun. When you don't have that male figure in your life and he comes along, it's great."

Sherrod’s guardian, Alicia Williams, says Scott has been a blessing to her entire family. She says, “When Scott came into Sherrod’s life as his Big Brother, Sherrod had just had a back injury and was told he could not play football anymore. Scott came in and brought energy and happiness back into Sherrod’s life. Sherrod strives for a lot more with Scott encouraging and challenging him. His grades have improved. He has a better attitude. His mannerisms and way of thinking are more positive."

There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Scott and Sherrod have changed each other's lives for the better, forever.

VIDEO: Scott was recently featured on WEAR-TV 3's Angels in our Midst segment. Click to watch.

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