In the next edition of “Getting to know,” The Daily Times has caught up with Minford senior Cody Stapleton.
Stapleton has been instrumental in guiding the Falcons to a 12-2 (9-1) start, excluding Friday night’s contest, in boy’s basketball.
Below are a few questions answered by Stapleton and brought to you exclusively by The Daily Times.
Do you watch sports? If so, who is your favorite athlete?
Yes, I love to watch sports; they’ve always been my favorite pastime. I fight for the remote every day just to watch SportCenter. I attend every sporting event I can, no matter the sport.
My favorite player is by far Kobe Bryant. I have always admired his tenacity and ability to fight through adversity.
Many athletes have a pregame ritual, what is your pregame routine?
I do. I have some sort of ritual. I go to my grandparent’s house every day to eat and listen to my grandpa give me his special pre-game pep talk. Afterwards, I go to the gym an hour early and shoot around to the same playlist until game time.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
The “heroes” in my life are my parents. They always encourage me to be the best person I can possibly be. From pushing me to be a great student to pushing me to be a great athlete. They have taught me how to be a leader, conquer and overcome adversity. I take pride in the ability to do so. I could thank them every day and it still wouldn’t be enough.
If you could meet any person, living or dead, who would you like to meet? Why?
If I could meet anyone I would choose President Barrack Obama. He is the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. It would be interesting to see what he has to say about his experiences, as well as the challenges he faces every day.
If you could donate $50,000 to any charity, who would it be and why?
If I was able to donate $50,000 it would be to SOMC Hospice. I was able to volunteer there one day this summer and see the exceptional, compassionate care the staff and volunteers give families and patients who have a terminal illness. This was an eye-opening experience for me. By donating this money, it would help families provide the care for their loved ones that some cannot afford.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
The greatest compliment of my entire life was the time I was confronted by a parent and was thanked for being a great role-model for their child. It really showed me that respecting people and being a good person pays off.
What are your goals for college?
I have not yet decided what college that I will be attending, but I’m expecting to play football. As far as my major, I will either be studying nursing, and then I want to pursue a degree to become a certified nurse practitioner, or something in the medical field.
What is your ultimate career goal?
After I get my degree I hope to be able to work in a hospital setting as well as being able to work in pediatrics or with the elderly. I plan to live in a bigger city as well as help in the community and sports.
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.