Kyvin Thompson, a junior at Walnut Grove High School, broke his foot just before the competition. He has a skin condition which causes painful blisters on his feet and affects his heart. Walking can be difficult for him, but that doesn’t stop him from playing on the basketball team. It doesn’t stop him from walking across Monroe to get to the Boys and Girls Club after school because no transportation is available. It will slow him down some: this is not the first time he has broken his foot, but it will not stop him.
Kyvin first won the Walton County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year competition. From there he went to the North Central Georgia regional competition, accompanied by Club director Patrice Broughton. “We got there early, and he was on crutches,” Ms. Broughton said. “He was just chatting up the judges and I thought, ‘We got this.’ When they all gave their speeches and Kyvin won, I was not surprised.”
Ms. Broughton might have been surprised when Kyvin first started coming to the club. “He has two brothers. To hear him talk it’s like his his brothers are Michael and Jermaine and he’s the Tito of the family. To see him come out of his shell and win the Club level – I was proud of him then. And then to see him win the regionals – to see how far he’s come is just amazing.” Lindsey Hickman, the Club’s Advisory Board President watched the Club level competition, and was very impressed with how far this young man has come. “Everyone talked about how shy he was when he first came to the Club. And there he was, looking confident and self possessed. This is what the Club is all about,” she said.
As a result of his accomplishments, the Conrad Family Foundation gave Kyvin the funds to buy appropriate dress wear for the competition. Kyvin also won a $500.00 scholarship and a Galaxy Tablet for winning the club level, and a $1,000.00 scholarship and a laptop of his choice for winning the regional level.
Kyvin’s mother, along with Ms. Broughton herself, are both former Club members. Ms. Broughton gives credit to the club for her own positive attitude. She says that as director, “this whole year has been budget budget budget, and the work with the kids gets over-shadowed. I feel good about the work that we are doing when someone from our club gets Youth of the Year for the entire organization.” Ms. Broughton is also quick to give credit to Stephanie Thompkins, the Club’s teen coordinator, for her work with Kyvin and the other Club members.
For more information about the Walton County Boys & Girls Club or to find out how you can help, contact Patrice Broughton at (770) 207-6279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.