Isaac "Wubby" (16), Seattle
Southwest Boys & Girls Club
Why his club selected him:
Wubby (Isaac) was chosen for this honor because of the incredible young man he has become. Being one of 12 in a household, Wubby is an incredible caretaker, brother, mentor and friend to everyone he comes in contact with, no matter what their age. Wubby is a junior at Highline High School and is a standout football player. What makes Wubby so unique in his football playing is that he is deaf. For many years, Wubby didn't tell anyone, not even his parents, he just learned how to read lips and amazingly play off the movement of the football snap when he played. He idolizes Derrick Coleman, because for so many years, he thought he was the only one, so he's excited to know there are more people like him who have also overcome adversity.
My name is Isaac and I was selected by the Boys and Girls Club because of my commitment to my community, my good grades and that I play High School Football.
The Boys and Girls Club has made a huge impact on my life. I go there every day to do homework, hang out with friends, and even give back to my club by being involved with my teen leadership group called Keystone. The Boys and Girls Club has given me the opportunities that many youth these days don't get and I thank them for that, they also help me with my goals and what I want to achieve in my future such as going to college, and playing in the NFL.
I want to attend the University of Washington and major in engineering and also play football. My goal is to attend four years and get drafted in to the NFL and have a successful career. I know that I have to work real hard to achieve my goals, but I know that I have a great support team and I am determined to achieve my dreams. Sports has been a huge part of my life, and I love that I had the chance to play football with both of my brothers during high school, that is probably the best sports memories that I will cherish forever.
I know that these goals can be accomplished with hard work and determination. I also have a hearing impairment. I am totally deaf on my left side and about 70% on my right side. I have been reading lips to get by for years ever since I was in the 2nd grade, but I never let that bother me or stop me from doing what I want to. There are many people that are ashamed of being deaf or not able to hear, and many people think that we are being rude, but that is not the case it's because we can't hear you unless you talk to us so we can read your lips.
I am very thankful for everything I have and for my family that supports me. I am proud of who I am and who I will become. I have overcome many things in my life and I am very thankful for those people who took the time to help me get here.