Hometown Hero: SSgt Corey Thyse

By Terry Kovarik | terry.kovarik@wearegreenbay.com

Published 01/03 2014 12:50PM

Updated 01/03 2014 12:58PM

GREEN BAY, WI. (WFRV) Hundreds of the nation's best high school football players are kicking off the New Year in San Antonio. They've been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game. Coaches from across the nation are charged with forming East and West all star teams, with help from soldier mentors, like Staff Sergeant Corey Thyes of Green Bay.

"To show them what the Army is, what we do and how we work as a team," Sergeant Thyes said. "All these attributes that are similar to what they do in high school."

Thyes, like other soldier mentors, volunteered to to be part of the U-S Army All American Bowl. Mentors showcase the military to these athletes as people who've been right where these seniors are now.

"Explaining how important education is.But also how the army can help them in achieving their goals," Thyes said.

As a recruiter, Staff Sergeant Thyes hopes some of these young athletes will seriously consider military service as a possible route to higher education. But even if that doesn't happen, Thyes emphasizes the need to be committed to a goal.

"While they're at college, concentrate on athletics but education is the key," Sergeant Thyes said. "It's important not so much for their direct future, but down the line to become successful young men."

Successful not only as individuals, but as part of a community.

"I joined the army to be something greater than myself," Thyes said.

Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.

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