Well, my nephew is now a high school senior – where does the time go! – and the Courier-Post's Kevin Minnick has indeed written a nice profile about him in the newspaper's "Varsity Football" blog. The thrust is that Calvin is demonstrating that he understands that academics really matter as he pursues an athletic scholarship to college.
"Lowe has generated college interest from the likes of Akron, Temple, Villanova, James Madison and Towson," Minnick writes. More importantly, he adds, "Lowe took an online math class last year and re-took two classes this summer, each helping to raise his grade-point average." Minnick also quotes Calvin's coach, Rob Hinson: “We laid out all the options for him as far as what he could do after this year if this doesn’t happen academically. Now he’ll be a full qualifier. Academically, he increased his core. He’s getting everything together."
Having written and read too many stories about lost opportunities for high school athletes, the article warms my heart. It makes me even prouder of my nephew and the job that Curtis and his wife, Renarda, have done in raising him and his siblings. Having not seen Calvin play since his sophomore season, I'm really hoping to get to a Timber Creek football game this season. He'll always be a scrub to me. But I'm happy he's focusing on leading by example.