A look at someone who contributes off the field.

Jason Little is a familiar face around Pleasantville High School. The 25-year-old Pleasantville resident played several sports at the school, including football, which earned him a scholarship to play at Division I Morgan State.

Little is back at Pleasantville, as a substitute teacher.

But he can always be found around the gym.

Little is an assistant coach with the football team and runs the time clock during boys and girls basketball games. He doesn't have a job yet with any of the spring sports, but he said he would do anything to help the track teams.

"I just like being around sports," the 2004 Pleasantville graduate said. "I just want to be part of it. No matter what is, I want to help."

Little's goal is to become a physical-education teacher. In the meantime, he's glad to be around the Greyhounds, showing the school spirit that got him fired up when he was an athlete at the school.

"I really want to give back to the kids," Little said. "It's a good feeling to always come back and share my experiences. I can help prevent them from failing, and lead them in the right direction."

Pleasantville football coach B.J. Burch and interim school principal Joan Robinson were instrumental in giving Little the opportunity to teach at Pleasantville, he said.

He won't forget what they did for him, so he wants to help as much as he can.

Susan Lulgjuraj