Bryce Kearson, a Garfield native, loves the competitive thrill that comes along with playing sports at his school. He now attends the Emanuel County Institute, where he is a sophomore. Kearson participates in football, basketball, and baseball with hopes to be a four-year, three-sport athlete when he goes on to college.
Playing a sport takes a village. Without the help and support of his family, Kearson would find himself lost as they have been with him every step of the way, guiding him to where he wants to be. “My family is super competitive! Both of my parents are coaches, so they know what it takes to be successful in sports and in everyday life. Work hard and remain dedicated and things will work out. My family has always pushed me to be the best ‘me’ that I can be,” said Kearson.
Other than his true family that is supportive, Kearson also loves the support he receives from his coaches and fellow teammates. “It’s a family out there. I love being a part of that. I love my coaches, Coach Harper to be specific. The nicknames he gives the players each day makes showing up worth it! Coach Kearson, my dad, as hard as he is on me, I know he just wants the best from me and for me,” said Kearson.
When it comes to motivation to play his beloved sports, that comes easy. “I enjoy them! The practices aren’t always my favorite but that’s what makes the competition so fun. I enjoy the challenges that each game brings.”
Leadership is also something that comes easy to Kearson. He leads in a special way as he works hard and expects his other fellow teammates to do the same. Tough situations are easy for Kearson to overcome as this past basketball season he turned his ankle. “Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as we thought. I had to take care of it and didn’t have to miss much… I don’t see things as tough; I see them as test. I pray and prepare and trust that God is in control.”
In the future, Kearson hopes to get a scholarship and attend college to be a student-athlete.