“Give and it shall be given to you.” Our 2012 Recipient Corinthia Williams’ grandmother shared this quote with her and led by example, giving everything she had to Corinthia as she was her sole caregiver and inspiration. SFF welcomed Corinthia into our family in part because of her proven strength and dedication modeled after her grandmother.
Committed to earning a 3.0 GPA this semester, she is completing her sophomore year at Texas A&M University. With plans to earn a degree in sports and conditioning, she had the incredible opportunity of working directly with A&M’s football and track team during her first year. Corinthia worked over 20 hours a week, learning how to tape player’s ankles, give massages, and provide stretching techniques. This year she joined A&M’s Cultural Leadership and Understanding and Exploration for Sophomores (C.L.U.E.S) and serves as a community chair member, where she organizes community events such as bake sales and clothing drives. During the weekends, Corinthia teaches and supervises gymnastics classes and birthday parties for Powersports in College Station.
Tia Crawford, a Student Development Specialist at TAMU is a Professor of Corinthia’s and places her in high regards. “Corinthia is an excellent student with a vibrant personality. Her commitment and contributions were essential to the overall success of the class and program as a whole. She has a tremendous amount of potential and is an up and coming leader. I look forward to the impact that she will leave on this campus and her community.”
When Corinthia was born her mother was addicted to drugs and the doctors told her that Corinthia might not develop at a normal rate. Her mother’s drug use continued to be a problem as most of their family money was spent on drugs. Her father lived only a block away but refused to be involved with her or her mother. When the drugs took over her mother, Corinthia’s grandmother stepped in and became her legal guardian.
Another blessing entered Corinthia’s life when her social worker told her about a Boys and Girls Club close to home. Brookshire Boys and Girls Club became her second home and a place where she felt safe and loved. She was able to open up to others and feel comfortable and give back to others.
Her grandmother said, “Corinthia is a very strong minded and hard working person. Corinthia, despite the fact of not always have the basic necessities of life such as food and a warm home environment, she never became selfish, instead her past caused her to be the great giver of herself to others in many ways including service to her community and her family, but her heart is as big as the state of Texas and she gives unconditionally to others.”
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston recognized Corinthia’s commitment and honored her the Youth of the Year in 2012. This premier recognition honors the individual who shows strong academic success, moral character, poise, and dedication to their community and family.
The Steve Francis Foundation and the people in Corinthia’s life believe she will keep reaching for the stars to achieve her dreams. Theresa Survillion, the C.L.U.E.S Program Advisor at Texas A&M said, “I have seen Corinthia grow into a remarkable student leader and strong advocate for campus service as well as an enthusiastic champion for campus inclusiveness. Her ability to demonstrate the necessary leadership skills continue to make her a strong leader amongst her peers. Corinthia is destined to make a difference in this world.” Her grandmother must be very proud.
Watch Corinthia’s Youth of the Year Video Here: http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/characterleadership/Pages/YoY.aspx