Local teenager dances to a volunteering beat

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 16, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; For teens, attending classes full-time, working part-time and practicing sports might seem like a full schedule.

Then again, Jermaine Marsaw dances to a slightly different beat.

Among all his other activities, the 18-year-old Natchez High senior finds time to volunteer regularly with the Boys & Girls Club of the Miss-Lou.

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&uot;All kinds of hours, whenever they need me,&uot; said Marsaw, while

taking a seat in the

club’s office in the old

Sadie V. Thompson High building on North Union Street.

When Marsaw, a Native native, moved back to the city in the fall of 2000, he heard that local leaders were planning to open the Boys & Girls Club.

Then when it happened, in the spring of last year, he dropped by to pick up a club application for his younger sister and was pressed to volunteer himself.

Apparently, it didn’t take too long for Marsaw to get into step, for he has been substitute teaching hip hop and other dance steps to the club’s members ever since.

Toward that end, Marsaw also serves as a volunteer at the organization’s basketball games, including helping referee tournaments.

And sports is something he knows quite a lot about, since when he isn’t at the Boys & Girls Club he can be found practicing for or playing in soccer games for Natchez High School.

He also captains the school’s cheerleading team and plans to teach dance at the Houze School of Dance.

When asked where he got his dancing ability, Marsaw just shrugs &045; but one thing he is not shy about is telling others of the Boys & Girls Club’s virtues.

&uot;It’s good for these kids to have something to do who had nothing to before,&uot; Marsaw said.