All Grown Up… PROUD MOM!

I am and continue to be amazed just how blessed “one” can be.

“Why? …” Let me explain and write this note of  gratitude to all those hard working teachers and mentors in my daughter’s life.  I guess many of you that follow along with “the stories of a chiplover” already “get” that it takes a village and I am not shy to thank all those along the way.

In case you didn’t know this week (Nov. 6 -12) is designated CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Recognition Week as a way to acknowledge the contributions and extensive work of those involved in the Sports Information profession.  NOW YOU DO! I️ am so thankful to all those who have helped Samantha. I reflect back often on my “early years” working my “tale” off and countless hours in those formidable adventurous times. GOSH so long ago! I still enjoy the “learning” process and experiencesI️ now realize how hard it is to gain the confidence to ask for help. It took me alot longer than most.

Many, many thanks to those professionals and mentors out there! Thank you so much for taking the time out of the daily grind to nurture the “new kid on the block”.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Samantha accepted the position within the University of Cumberlands Athetics Department. University of the Cumberlands Athletics thank you for giving Sam that first start!

Speaking for so many parent’s these days, we are so blessed with the opportunity to see your child fulfilling her dreams, happy and working in a field she loves. Thank you Samford University Athletics, (Martin, Joey, Zach, and the rest of the staff) and Samford University (Bernie, Betsy, Lee and too many others to name – Journalism, Mass Communications/ Sports Administration), for the many hours of your time crafting that eager “student”  and introducing Samantha to “everything” nurturing her with the time to take that “opportunity given”

to grow and learn and for teaching her the patience it takes to succeed in her chosen path. From attending and working as a student assistant at “all those games”, to playing a role in the development of a budding sports communications, media relations journalist.  Thank you for showing her the ropes, how stories get written, “all those stats”, how they are posted, distributed to local newspapers outlets, the right way social media outlets are utilized, etc. She truly loves what she does. As you can tell I’m definitely not the gifted writer that either of my kids are.

You guys in the SID offices across the country take College Sports to the next level! We salute you! Unsung most times. Thank you to all those along the way – it’s so not easy these days in anything after “college”. And wow… just so much behind the scenes in the sports information effort, for all that they do to support and promote our programs and our student-athletes!!  … From a MOM of a student- athlete and a sports information assistant-  THANK YOU!


From With much gratitude and appreciation,




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