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Athlete Highlight: N’aithan Scott

Athlete Highlight: N’aithan Scott

Celebrating our 10th year of helping athletes connect with causes they care about, has allowed us to reflect on those who have gone above and beyond to help others. This month, we are highlighting USA Track and Field’s N’aithan Scott in his own words.

“Athletes for Hope has helped me become more confident as a leader outside of athletics. I have encouraged and inspired children in many ways through AFH and I couldn’t be more thankful.

My second AFH visit was one to remember. After my visit, a student came up to say thank you and when he did he cried. After asking him what was wrong, he replied with “You picked me to race with you. I never get picked for anything and you picked me. I feel so happy that you thought I was special like you.” I hugged the kid and told him he was a great young man and that no matter what, he could be whatever he wanted as long as he believed in himself. (It made me tear up leaving the school)

I knew at that moment, AFH was something I wanted to be part of for a very long time. That is my favorite memory with AFH. I may come to a school to talk about healthy and active lifestyles, but I always leave as an inspiration and role model.
AFH inspires the youth to be the best they can be. It gives children the chance to see their dreams in a reality by having athletes spend time with them. Not only do the children grow and find benefits from AFH, but the athletes are also benefiting from AFH as well. We, as athletes, see how we impact the future generations and it humbles us and makes us better people. AFH is one of the best organizations I have ever been part of.”

N’aithan Scott Inspires Kids in Phoenix

Students from Holiday Park Elementary School in Phoenix hosted N’aithan Scott last month – a 2016 Olympic Hopeful who specializes in the indoor 60 meter hurdles and outdoor 110 meter hurdles. After leading the students in a few track and field exercises, he spent time answering questions from the kids and sharing the importance of exercise and proper nutrition. Here’s what N’aithan said about his Let’s Move Active Schools visit.

Why do you volunteer?

“I love to give back to the kids who look for inspiration. I was once a kid who needed a role model, and now that I have an opportunity to be one I do all that I can.”

What made you choose this charity?

“Active Schools is a great cause. I believe that an active lifestyle is good for everyone. Kids definitely need to enjoy having an active lifestyle so they can continue to be active as they grow older. This cause helps kids understand the importance of being active and I enjoy being a part of that.”

What was the best part of your visit?

“I enjoyed the warm welcome from the kids and the staff, but I have to say my favorite part of the day was during our game of tag. I absolutely love watching the kids have a good time playing and being active. It makes me feel like a kid again.”