Erwin Athletes Looking Forward
Erwin Athletes Looking Forward
Posted on 05/15/2018
Erwin student-athletes attended the NC Sports Hall of Fame induction in Raleigh, NC.By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Department

Six Erwin High student-athletes recently had the unique opportunity to learn about success, disappointment, and overcoming barriers to success from some of North Carolina’s greatest athletes.

Erwin students Kaitlyn Messer, Amber Redmond, Rashod Chafin, Jose Hernandez, Simeon Thompson, and Kendrick Weaver joined about 300 students in Raleigh on May 4-5 for the 2018 NC Sports Hall of Fame (NCSHOF) induction ceremony and the Salute to Student-Athletes program. It was an inspirational two days for the young athletes who, with a lifetime ahead of them, heard what was required of athletes who spent their lives pursuing big dreams.

A panel of five new Hall of Fame inductees shared powerful stories of real-life struggles. They didn’t hold back when they spoke about overcoming social issues involving race and gender, as well as physical injuries and failures. The message was loud and clear: There is no easy road to excellence, but with mentorship, integrity, and a lot of grit, it is a worthwhile journey.

"This trip to Raleigh was an invaluable leadership development opportunity for these young student-athletes," said District Athletic Specialist Mr. David Ball, who accompanied the students alongside Erwin's assistant principal and athletic director, Mr. Barry Owens, and the school's women's basketball coach, Mr. Matt Carpenter. "They heard first-hand how these aspiring athletes overcame obstacles to have successful lives and careers that eventually led to their recognition as 2018 North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Inductees. Our students will remember the comments shared by the many speakers and the experiences of this trip for a lifetime.”

Program Details
During Friday night’s induction ceremony, the student-athletes were honored with a short reception and then had the opportunity to hear the induction speeches of the nine living inductees in the Class of 2018. On Saturday, the student-athletes visited the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Museum and then participated in a Salute to Student-Athletes Program in the auditorium of the North Carolina Museum of History. During this program, the students listened to presentations from UNC basketball star Phil Ford and three­ time Super Bowl champion Jeff Bostic of the Washington Redskins, both former Hall of Fame inductees. The program’s concluding panel discussion involved included Bill Hayes, Donna Andrews, Mindy Ballou Fitzpatrick, Fred Whitfield, Scott Bankhead- all members of the 2018 NCSHOF class of inductees.

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Special thanks to Mr. David Ball for providing the details and photos of this leadership development opportunity.
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