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THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE A STUDENT ATHLETE WITH A FIGHTING SPIRIT IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

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Atlanta Area

THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE A STUDENT ATHLETE WITH A FIGHTING SPIRIT IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

MAKE YOUR SELECTION BELOW!

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School: Cherokee Bluff High School

Fighting Spirit Story:

Corey is currently recovering from a broken leg that he suffered in the sixth game of his junior season. The injury he suffered from is rare and only occurs in 0.4-2.5% of students. Last December, Corey had surgery which resulted in having two screws placed in his leg.  He has fought through the adversity of the broken leg along with the challenges that come with the current situations in the world. Before his injury he was garnering attention from some major Division I colleges, which unfortunately has declined since his injury.  Corey is beginning to practice basketball again while fighting to try and return to the player he was prior to the injury.

He won the leadership award for his basketball team as a sophomore and loves mentoring younger players, while maintaining a GPA of 3.4.  He dreams of entering the field of Physical Therapy or becoming a math teacher and basketball coach one day. While navigating the regular challenges associated with growing up coupled with COVID-19. It can be hard for any teenager to find their way in the world, but Corey doesn’t stop there – he continues to persevere through his injury and continues to accomplish the goals he has set for himself.   His family and friends are proud of how he continues to face various difficulties and look forward to the bright future he has.

School: Tallulah Falls School

 

Fighting Spirit Story:

Kale Corbett, currently a Senior at Tallulah Falls School, is the epitome of a “Fighting Spirit”. Kale loves the outdoors and has played any sport that came his way. The day Kale was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, he was preparing to take a school trip to JekylIsland to study Marine Biology with his classmates. His bags were unloaded and clothing suitable for the hospital took their place. As time moved forward, it was determined that Kale not only had A.L.L., he had what is termed “Type B” which essentially meant his chance for survival that was initially 85% fell to 15%. The news was quite a shock not only for Kale, but also impacted his younger sister Katyrequiring some major immediate changes for his entire family. Kale, alongside his mom and dadbasically moved to Egleston in Atlanta for over 100 days, while Kale’s younger sister moved in with their Grandparents. During the 100day pre-regimen and transplant, many procedures were required. Ports were implanted for chemo, IV’s became the norm, and countless blood draws to monitor chemistry and cancer cell levels. Kale’s immune system declined, and he was no longer allowed visitors, not event his sister for an extended time.  

Kale was a trooper throughout. Despite the frequent nosebleeds, weight gain caused by medication, and multiple other “changes” in his physical appearance, he showed the resilience and tenacity of a warrior. With two parents who were coaches and in the business of pushing kids beyond their comfort level, Kale began an exercise program and continued this throughout treatment. In fact, it was his consistency and determination in pushing himself during this time that his doctors gave credit in large part for his full recovery. Through this process, Kale’s dad shares, “I’m not really sure what “Full” recovery means, but as Kale approaches his 19th Birthday we are thankful for the grace that God has provided our family and for the second chance that Kale has been givenToday Kale is participating in sports, carries a 4.33 GPA, but most importantly he is a stranger to no one and lives life to the fullest. As he begins his senior year, his parents are proud of the young man he has become, the lessons learned, and the response that he has chosen to carry into all parts of his life. Through it all he has been the solid rock and refuses to let obstacles get in the way.  Kale plans to study Marine Biology following high school.   

 

School: Central High School

Fighting Spirit Story:

Caleb was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome which affects the fingers and toes on both sides. His left hand only has complete fingers at the thumb and pinky and his right hand is also significantly affected. Caleb has had several surgeries to assist in having the use of his hands that he has today.  Not only does Caleb play three sports, he plays them all at a high level. As a natural righty, Caleb bats lefty and hit over .500 this past spring. There has never been a challenge that kept him from excelling. He is not only a great athlete but a good leader and student with a GPA of 4.2, while serving in the following leadership roles: Georgia High School Association Student Athlete Advisory Council, Newnan Youth Council, Georgia School Board Association Youth Advisory Council, and the Vice President of the Interact Club. Nothing stops this young man and he never uses his disability as an excuse. He defines a fighting spirit.

School: Social Circle High School

Fighting Spirit Story:

Jackson Austin is a Senior football player at Social Circle High School in Social Circle, GA. At the age of three, Jackson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. He fought this terrible disease and beat it. He has been off treatment for ten years now and continues to win the battle each day. He is a twoyear starter on the offensive line for Social Circle and is a leader on the field and in the classroom, maintaining a 3.6 GPA.  

School: North Oconne High School

 

Fighting Spirit Story:

Kylee is a hardworking, kind, respectful student athlete and goes out of her way to make people smile. She has been a member of the North Oconee softball program for the last two years and is also a member of the NOHS Lacrosse team and FFA where she takes care of and shows goats. Kylee is always eager and willing to help her teammates and coaching staff, being a perfect example of a Lady Titan. In the beginning of 2019, her team learned that Kylee had a brain tumor located directly between her optic nerves that caused excruciating headaches. She was battling severe headaches and fatigue for almost a full year while continuing to participate in school, sports, 18U travel ball, and FFA. There’s been good and bad days, but Kylee has fought for more good days! She has to take more breaks than she normally would, but she doesn’t let it affect her spirit or attitude. Last year as a freshman, Kylee was “thrown into” many varsity games as a pitcher, outfielder, infielder, and base runner. She handled every situation with poise, competitiveness, and calmness. As a pitcher, she faced one of the best teams in the region and showed ZERO nerves. She is a true competitor.  Kylee is scheduled to have the tumor removed in September 2020. The surgery will take 3-4 hours and will be in the hospital for 3-4 nights with the first 24 hours in the ICU. Kylee has given us all instructions to keep her updated on how her JV and Varsity teams are doing. Kylee has already shared with the coaches and her mom that she wants to get back to the field as soon as possible. 

 

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