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Parkwood High School soccer player nominated for Student of the Year award

By Nelson Garner, 02/25/20, 10:00AM EST


UCPS Junior athlete uses her own story of perseverance to inspire others

Parkwood High School Junior Logan Nichols has been nominated as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year for the greater Charlotte area. 

The Student of the Year Campaign is a six to eight week initiative in which nominated high school students, or teams of 2-3 students, participate in a fundraising challenge to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Candidates raise money in honor of a young, local patient hero who is battling or in remission from a blood cancer. The candidate or team who raises the most money at the end of the program is named Student of the Year for their local chapter.

Union County Public Schools is very proud of Logan for being nominated and taking on the worth challenge. Read her story below. 

Today I begin a fight I never intended on starting... but its one I intend on finishing. 

When my leg was broken on the field in the NC Soccer State Cup Finals, I thought surgery, hours and hours of rehab with my trainer, and my comeback goal on April 16 with my Parkwood team was the whole story. But it wasn’t. It was just the beginning.

On Aug 5, my grandfather passed away from leukemia. He was only 65. The very next day on Aug 6, when my entire world was upside down, my trainer nominated me for 2020 Student of the Year through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Since my trainer had NO idea my grandfather had leukemia or had just died from it the day before, I knew in that moment it was God and my Poppi telling me there was something much, much bigger I needed to do. 

If it wasn’t for soccer, or breaking my leg, or therapy with my trainer, I would not have realized the real reason for my comeback story... to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves. 

So today I fight, my team “Rebel With A Cause” fights...  and I am asking you to fight with us. Click below to help us fight!  

Tag(s): UCPS Athletics