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The real reason you should root for Dominique Hawkins
by April Lancaster,posted Jun 12 2014 5:57PM
If you follow me on twitter you may have seen or been bombarded (I hope not) of my tweets during the Dominique Hawkins Press Conference today.
Reason being is that I’ve been following this kid for a while, becoming very attached to his heartfelt story and dream of playing basketball at KY.
In the Summer 2013 edition of “Hometown News,” a newsletter for Home of the Innocents, a private, non-profit organization in Louisville that helps children and teens who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.
[Dominique’s mother, Denise, went to the Home of the Innocents when she was pregnant at age 15 with Dominique after being raised by an abusive stepfather. Denise took part in a Pregnant and Parenting Teen program there while she continued to go to school. Once Dominique was born, the two moved back to her mother’s home in Richmond, where Denise went to Job Corps to get her GED and complete a Certified Nursing Assistant program. Her mother stayed home to take care of Dominique while she worked at a local nursing home.]
I know what you may be thinking... this isn’t the first case of a single mother to raise such an athletic kid? And your right, it’s certainly not the first and won’t be the last. The difference and point I’m making is that Dominique Hawkins now a sophomore playing at UK isn’t the typical guy.
What makes him stand out is his love and appreciation for the jersey he wears and represents!
I had read these articles and kept up with his story but today as I reported from the press conference I found myself being captivated by Dominique’s genuine humility.
In a quote from Willie Cauley-Stein referring to Hawkins…
“I didn’t know who he was coming in. I honestly couldn’t tell you what he looked like, what his last name was coming in. But he can hoop. I love him to death too. He’s a great guy and he can hoop. If he can keep on hooping like that, we’re going to be all right.”
I guess my heart strings are mainly attached to Dominique because our stories share several similarities. No I didn’t win Ms. KY basketball nor did I play at UK. But I came from a single parent home, where I was the oldest with several younger siblings. My mom like Denise, had me at a young age and put me in sports at the local YMCA because there were scholarships offered to qualified families like ours.
My mom and I have a very close relationship where she is my biggest fan and number one supporter. She has always encouraged me to reach for my dreams no matter how big or far fetched they were.
I was the first in my family to graduate college and also on an athletic scholarship. (Yes, I must boast here just a little) More than anything like Dominique, I appreciate and still am very humbled by the opportunities God has given me.
I learn and grow each day but give all the glory to God.
I hope to see Dominique have an outstanding career as a wildcat and that his dream of playing in the NBA comes true! It was a delight to hear him speak about his time in China and to learn more about the man he has become.
That’s all for my sappy, but heart warming blog of the day.I’m April Lancaster from the show Sunday Mornings with Eric and April.
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