Graves Hi athlete on All Resilient Team

Graves County High School junior Buddy Jackson has been selected for Tom Leach's 2013 All-Resilient Team. He is pictured here with GCHS athletic director Doug Gloyd. Jackson has been dealing with diabetes since age 8. Despite wearing an insulin pump, he is very involved as a swimmer, wrestler, soccer manager, as GCHS Eagle mascot "Beaker," and in numerous choir and drama activities. He recently was recognized in Louisville at the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors’ conference. The All-Resilient Team’s mission speaks to the concept. "‘Resiliency’ is one of the foundational concepts of athletic competition at any level. And the notion of recovery from a setback, i.e., adversity, is something we all must encounter at some point in our lives. The 2010-11 Kentucky basketball team did not have any physical setbacks but they did encounter numerous obstacles and coach John Calipari's squad showed amazing resiliency in reaching the Final Four. Our soldiers must embrace the need for ‘resiliency’ in situations that sometimes might mean the difference between life and death. Our ‘All-Resilient Team, powered by National Guard Career Opportunities,’ celebrates high school male and female student-athletes who overcome adversity on their path to success. It might be an injury, a disability, a difficult family or health circumstance--something that puts an obstacle in their path that might derail someone who is less resilient.

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