To my surprise, former Trigg County athlete Rick Woods appeared at my doorway recently. Rick walked up and presented me with an invitation to his college graduation. He said he was giving out invitations to everyone who had helped him in some way during his time in high school.
Rick will be graduating from Austin Peay State University on Saturday. He will have a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Business Management with a Concentration in International Management. That is a long title for a degree. The road Rick Woods took to get there was long and difficult also. His story is a true success story.
Rick grew up in Paducah. His family situation was very difficult. He described it as hostile. Rick and his siblings were taken from their mother and became wards of the state. Fortunately for Rick, he was taken in by his aunt and uncle, Katherine and Brendel Wilson. With a strong family base to support him, Rick knew he had to make good on the break he had been given. Rick transferred to Trigg County Schools. He played football, basketball and ran track. He excelled in football. Rick graduated in 2006 and signed a scholarship to play for Austin Peay. While playing for the Govs, Rick started all four years. His freshman year he was a situational starter but a starter nonetheless. The most important thing, however, is that Rick got it done in the classroom.
Rick is very proud to be graduating from college in four years. He said he owes his success to his strong faith in Jesus Christ. He also stated that he was determined to never go back to the projects. “I never wanted to be the next Michael Jordan or some superstar athlete. I just wanted to get better everyday, better than I was the day before. I wanted to be the next Rick Woods.”
Rick Woods’ story is a great example of an athlete making the most of an opportunity. Congratulations Rick upon your upcoming graduation. Here’s hoping you become an inspiration to many Trigg County Wildcats of the present and future.
OT: Hats off to Austin Peay State University. Not only did they sign a LOCAL athlete, they saw him through to graduation.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.