Leland Bearden Pays It Forward: 02/25/2013 - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Leland Bearden Pays It Forward: 02/25/2013

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This week's Pay It Forward segment features a local high school basketball coach who is taking his team to state in Austin this year.

We set up with our Pay It Forward sign along 82nd Street just east of Upland. The first person to stop was none other than Smyer Lady Bobcat coach Leland Bearden.

Coach Bearden approached us when he saw our sign. He said he wanted to help out the family of one of his students. Coach Bearden has chosen T.J. Escobedo as this week's recipient of Pay It Forward.

Coach Bearden explains that T.J. is a terrific young man who is always polite to everyone he meets. He feels that T.J. and his family could use an extra hand.

We make the drive to Smyer where we surprise T.J. at the high school. Coach Bearden counts out $300 and T.J. was caught completely off guard. He was very grateful and thanked Coach Bearden for thinking of him and his family.

Be looking for our Pay It Forward sign soon! You could become our next playmaker! 

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