In May 2012, I graduated from the University of Louisville and received a scholarship to complete my master’s degree in Athletic Training at the University of Arkansas. I began school that June. As I was in the program each day, my desire to be there diminished and I had no hope to follow through in that career path. I had no focus and was lost and eventually decided to withdraw from the program in August. Before I moved back to Kansas City, I took some intentional time to re-evaluate my life and set a plan for my future. First, I prayed and read my bible (a lot). Then, I made a list of my goals (dreams) for the next five years and they were as follows: 1. Put God first daily, 2. Get back into a Master’s program and graduate, 3. Get Married, 4. Be enrolled in a PhD program, and 5. Become a President of a non-profit organization. Next, I fasted for 6 days. From there, I started my new journey.
As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I would like to share with you my dreams for the Kansas City Keys for the next five years:
1. To continue providing high quality programming for Kansas City through education and sports,
2. Acquire and maintain an office to be able to manage the day-to-day operations more effectively,
3. Provide $100,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors through the Danny Williams Scholarship Fund, and
4. Build a recreational center in the heart of Kansas City.
Each day I strive to put God first in my life. In August 2013, I began a master’s program and in May 2015, I graduated with a master’s in education from Lipscomb University. In May 2014, I married my best friend, Randy Valerio. I am not enrolled in a PhD program, but as of October 2017, I became President of the Kansas City Keys Community Council.
Dreams + dedication can equal reality. I am looking forward to what 2023 will entail. What are your dreams Keys family? Today, I encourage you to dream and to dream BIG. With focused dreams and dedication, it can become a reality.
Until next time, keep your head high and your crossover low,