By Derrick Smith
Throughout most of our childhoods and young adult life, we were impacted by different people over that time. Some were bigger impacts than others but they were still meaningful to us. Sam Hurst has had a few people that have been big influences on his life and helped shape him into the person he is today.
“One of the biggest role models in my life is my dad,” he said. “I can have a conversation with him about nearly anything. He has taught me to stand up for myself and my beliefs. My youth pastor, Malichi Davis, has also set an example of how to be a Christian young man. I also look up to my middle school principal, Mr. Glasson, because he treats every student with a lot of respect, and he was a friend to all.”
Hurst is a sophomore at Broken Bow High School. He participates in multiple sports for Broken Bow, including baseball, basketball, cross country, and track. Sports have been a part of his life for a long time and he loves being involved.
“I began playing during t-ball and have played ever since,” he said. “ I started playing school basketball in the 3rd grade, while began to track and cross country in 5th grade.”
Being a great athlete, or even a good athlete, is something that takes a lot of work and dedication.
“First, you have to be willing to fill any role the coach asks”, he said. “You also have to have a good attitude. This is a very basic response, but when your attitude is better, it will lead to better performance for everyone. Lastly, if you give 100 percent every practice and every game, you will see improvement. Everyone knows that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard, and you will be able to tell who works hard at any given game.
Away from athletics, Sam is also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Quiz Bowl. She is attending her church and is an avid follower of Jesus.