Thumbs up: The York Bears' coaches teach their young players more than blocks and tackles — the football team's playbook includes life lessons like respect and accountability.

Erik Mann started the program for kids 5 to 13 four years ago after he'd seen too many boys with no positive role models make poor choices with tragic results.

"... The streets got hold of them," said Mann, a 1985 graduate of York High who has been coaching local football since 1987.

For the coaches, football has become less about touchdowns and more about preparing young boys for life beyond the field.

By high school, it's often too late to redirect kids who have stepped away from sports and school and toward the streets, Mann said. "We've got to get ahold of them early."

Another coach, Bud Kyle, said he likes to draw parallels between football and everyday life. Executing a football play you've practiced is a lot like executing a test you've studied for, he tells the kids.

The turnout last month at the year's first conditioning practice — which will continue each Saturday until regular practice resumes in July — was evidence the philosophy is working, Mann said.

What started with seven kids — one of whom was Mann's — and a new philosophy for York City football has blossomed into a program that drew more than 70 kids.

Thumbs up: To the volunteers with the Look Good, Feel Better program, which teaches skin care and beauty techniques to women in York and around the country who are undergoing cancer treatments.


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Hairstylist Pat Hubbard has been helping WellSpan patients for 11 years, and "every person that I meet has been so unique."

Although the premise seems simple, every women is different, and her skin and hair react differently to treatment, she said.

Patients learn 12 steps that help familiarize themselves with their skin again, and those who have lost their hair can restore it by using a "wig bank," which allows them to borrow wigs.

Patients also walk away with a free cosmetic kit with makeup in their personal skin tone, Hubbard said.

WellSpan Health will host monthly Look Good, Feel Better events through the end of the year at the Apple Hill Medical Center. All women in active cancer treatment are eligible for the free programs, which are held on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m.