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Updated: Nov 21, 2019



Ryan Kohout & Father, Joe Kohout


"He has taught me so many things through out my life. He really puts emphasis on the importance of spending time with loved ones. He is always willing to go out of his way to come to a meet or take somebody to a doctors appointment or to the airport. He was pretty tough on me growing up. Always challenging me to go one step further. To run one second faster. To do one point better on an exam. He has always challenged me to take risks and pushed me to grow. Even at times when I doubted my self his belief in me was unwavering. Having a support figure like that has helped me to become the person I am today."


Peyton Cooper & Father, Scott Cooper


"My father has definitley shaped me into the man that I am today. He always believed in me 100% with anything that I did, sometimes when I didn't even believe in myself. He taught me that working hard and treating everyone with respect will take me places that I never imagined they could. He would always tell me to "Just be Peyton" and today when I face a difficult choice or situation, I can hear him telling me those words of advice."


Trey Buford & Uncles, Chris and Dr. Brendan Blacik


"My Uncles; Chris and Dr. Brendan (BJ) Balcik, have served as my life and professional role models doing their best, whether they realize it or not, to show me how to approach and conquer life. My older uncle (orange), Chris Balcik serves as Samsung America’s VP of Military Sales. His work ethic as well as the standard he holds himself, those he works with, and those who work for him to is nearly unmatched as noted by those who encounter him. He inspires me with his unrelenting push for more. He constantly travels and has to operate with consideration to Korean time (Samsung based in Korea) but that does not stop his pursuit of success. My younger uncle (blue), Dr. Brendan 'B.J.' Balcik serves as one of the team doctors for the University of West Virginia’s Men’s Basketball and Football programs. His dedication and perseverance have been apparent to me for as long as I can remember. His career has taken him from Dayton to Cincinnati to Morgantown, WV to Tucson, AZ and now finally he is settled back in Morgantown. I have been able to see him thrive in his work no matter where it took him geographically and regardless of his line of work whether it was on the sideline of an NCAA tournament game or helping a 10 year old with a broken arm. He continuously shows me that no matter your location or job description you can still produce high quality work at a consistent rate. I can’t thank them enough for showing me what it means to be a hard-working, persevering, dedicated, and upstanding individual that is able to contribute meaningfully under any circumstance."


Chris Demler & Father, Keith Demler


"My father is the biggest mentor throughout my life by far. He's helped me in every life problem that has ever come up and he has shown me what a true father, husband and man looks like. He has taught me just about everything, with exception to how to grow facial hair."


Matt Iliff & Father, Jim Iliff


"My dad has played a huge role in shaping me into the young man I am today. He has taught me endless life lessons and I know he always has my back, no matter what. One of the most important things my dad has taught me is the value of hard work. He is a huge reason for my work ethic and I strive to be great every day because of him."


Sam Griffith & Father, Ryan Griffith


"One person that I have always looked up to in my life has been my dad. He has always been someone that has been there for me and has helped shape me into the man I am today. He taught me a wide variety of things, starting with how to golf, all the way to how to be respectful and caring."



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