- Grade: 8th
- Age: 13
- At HOPE Farm for: 9 years
- Dreams of: Being the next Kevin Durant, but knows that education comes first
- Has learned: What it means to be a “real man”
HOPE Farm (HF): You mentioned that HOPE Farm has positively impacted your life. How
Scotty: They taught me how to be a real man – not just the world’s perspective of man, and that’s someone who gets money and gets girls.
HF: Before you came to HOPE Farm, was your definition of a “real man” different?
Scotty: It was based on what I saw on TV and on other people who weren’t doing it right.
HF: What is “doing it right” mean? What is a real man?
Scotty: A real man is somebody who takes responsibility for what they do. They are mature. They don’t come easy to peer pressure. And they follow what God says.
HF: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Scotty: I don’t know what I want to be, but I need to make up my mind because I’m in the eighth grade. I don’t have that long.
HF: You have plenty of time. Do you have any possibilities – maybe this or maybe that.
Scotty: I did want to become a businessman – because my uncle is a businessman. He brought me to his office, and he said if I do what I’m supposed to do – like go to college – that he can give me a job and I take make certain amount of money in certain amount of time. My mind was just blown. But he did say that school comes first.
HF: That’s good advice.
Scotty: He also said that you can play basketball and if you do make it, you still need to have a background or a great education. It’s been proven, people who don’t have a good education go there (NBA) and mess up and then lose their money.
HF: So…playing basketball for a living wouldn’t be a bad thing?
Scotty (smiling): I would love to play basketball….
HF: Who is your favorite player?
Scotty: Kevin Durant is my favorite player.
Scotty: Because he’s humble. When he won the award (NBA MVP), he was just humble. He was telling what he went through, and how people told him that he couldn’t become an NBA player. It kind of inspired me.
HF: What other males do you look up to? You mentioned your uncle…do you look up to him?
Scotty: Yes, sir.
HF: Who else?
Scotty: I look up to my coach at school. He told me a lot of things that have helped me throughout my experience at my new school. He kept me on the right track.
HF: Is he a real man?
Scotty: Yes, sir. He’s the definition.
HF: Anyone at HOPE Farm?
Scotty: Mr. Moss, because he said he went through the same things that I went through. He tells me when I do silly things, he says there is more to it than that. He thinks more about the future than I do.
HF: Over the last 9 years at HOPE Farm, has your
perspective about long-term versus short-term changed?
Scotty: It’s definitely changed. Now I’m thinking about…how can I be a good father? What are the good qualities of being a good father? Being a good husband, too.