As Jordan Mulford walked into Brown Elementary School for the first time since June 2001, it brought back a flood of memories for the Hilliard Bradley High School junior.

As Jordan Mulford walked into Brown Elementary School for the first time since June 2001, it brought back a flood of memories for the Hilliard Bradley High School junior.

The classrooms, the hallways, the water fountains, all seemed a little bigger then.

Now, as a member of the Bradley football team, he returned last Friday to help tutor the younger students with their lessons and learn more about himself in the process.

"I probably haven't been here since I was in the second grade and it seems a little smaller now," said Mulford, who was part of an elementary tutoring program set up by Bradley coach Ted Wierzbicki. "It's nice to be able to communicate with the kids, help them out and answer the questions."

Mulford and junior teammates Zach Benedetti, Cameron Elavsky, Ken Reichle, Corey Straight, Derek Tieman and Alex Tepe made the trip to the Hilliard Elementary School, which was next door to the high school. It was the third tutoring trip made by a group of players within the Hilliard district. Two trips have been to Brown and another was to Horizon Elementary.

"I wanted a chance to get our kids involved with our community and school besides the game of football," Wierzbicki said. "Plus, it's important for kids to read. They spend so much time playing X-box and texting, it's nice to get them back to reading and showing them how much fun that can be."

One of the classrooms tutored by the players was a group of third-graders taught by Jessica Hughes. The football team helped teach math by playing a game consisting of rolling dice to see who could get the closest to 100. The game involved addition and decision-making.

"When I was their age, I thought high school kids were great," said Reichle, who helped with the math game. "I thought those guys were going to be pro players. It's amazing to spend time with them and see how they look up to us."

In the eyes of a 7-year-old, everything is a bit different. The Jaguars are 2-7 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Capital Division going into the season finale Friday at home against Watkins Memorial, but the players were given esteemed status at Brown.

"I did this a couple of weeks ago and they were asking for my autograph," Reichle said. "They were asking for all of our autographs."

Three of the players helped a group of first-graders taught by Amanda West to work on a report about the recent Fun Fest at the school. Each student had previously composed a short essay about the event and then was to type the story into a laptop. The players helped the youngsters transfer stories of castles, fireworks and monkey bars.

"This is the second time that I've done this and you find out that (the students) look at things a little differently," said Tieman, who worked with students in West's class. "All kids have a different point of view and you have to find a way to get across to every kid. You have to be able to find the way to get across to them."

West said the players had no problem reaching the students. In fact, the tutoring sessions seemed to be a highlight in their week.

"Every day, the kids will ask, 'Is this the day the players are coming,'" West said. "You have to set up a little countdown to help the kids remember what day it is that the players are coming so they won't have to ask me every day. They really love the idea of the kids coming to help and they love that they are also football players they see play on Friday nights."

Wierzbicki has been happy with the results of the program and expects to continue tutoring elementary students after the season concludes.

"The kids look up to the football players and helping the elementary students is something that's positive for the school," Wierzbicki said. "It makes me feel good that they are participating the way that they are."