By Donna Summerall
Wayne Madkin, former Mississippi State University quarterback during the 1998 – 2001 football seasons, took time to talk to parents of students at Clay County ICS Head Start Thursday.
“We are so excited to have Wayne Madkin speaking to us about legacies,” said Kenneth Logan of ICS Male Involvement. “We hope it will open people’s eyes about helping their children make the right choices in life. Wayne is a phenomenal speaker who talks from his heart.”
Madkin is originally from Huntsville, Ala. He said growing up in a low – income housing project with a single mother, he understands the need for Head Start to put children on an early path to educational success. Madkin went to a local Head Start when he was 4 – years – old.
“These kids now look so innocent,” said Madkin. “They won’t be that way very long. Give them a few years. When I was in middle school, my mom kicked me out. I kept asking her why we didn’t have things. She threw my stuff out on the sidewalk and told me to go live with my uncle. It was the best thing for me at the time.”
Madkin’s uncle took him in and raised him like he was his own son. He saw and understood a different way to live. During this time, Madkin said he took the ACT for the first time and did not do well. He continued re – taking the test until he passed. Then Coach Jackie Sherrill came to Madkin’s home and offered him an opportunity and scholarship to play football for MSU. This was how a kid from the projects of Huntsville, Ala., got to play quarterback at Mississippi State, Madkin said.
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