Logan CrawfordFeb 28, 2018, 12:06 amFeb 28, 2018, 3:14 pm

Pro athlete’s use of football to mentor teen seen as a game changer

15-year-old leaps over life’s hurdles while aspiring to go pro

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HEMPSTEAD — A professional female football player is working with a Long Island teenager in need to help her achieve her dreams. Pro-athlete Brilynn Fields is teaching 15-year-old Francy Morin the finer points of football. Fields volunteers her time each week with Morin who dreams of one day becoming a football player like Fields.

Fields works with Long Island Youth Mentoring partnering with the Family and Children’s Association's Lakeview House, a home for teenage boys and girls with emotional impairments and mental illness.

Fields plays for the New York Sharks women's football team and this past season for Team USA. Morin says Fields is her role model.

"Having a mentor is kind of great because I look up to her and I want to be just like her when I grow up," Morin said.

Fields has worked with the teen for the past six months, which has led to positive changes for Morin according to social workers who work with her.

"She says some things and I'm like, ‘Where'd you learn that?’ And she says, ‘My mentor.’ It's pretty much noticeable at this point that she's getting help from somewhere and her mentor is the person," Lakeview House social worker Carly Weinstein said.

Morin says she'll keep working on her game with Fields with hopes of one day becoming a professional football player.

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