Robby Atkinson / Special to the Star
The Meridian Star
Sometimes in life things can take you places that you never thought were possible and life can also provide some unexpected curveballs as well.
I have not taken the opportunity since I starting writing these Sunday columns to thank the sports department at The Meridian Star for allowing me to keep you updated on MCC sports on a weekly basis. I never thought that I would be in the position that I am in now, but sometimes you are dealt very interesting circumstances.
I have been here at Meridian Community College for just over two years on a full-time basis and before that I worked part-time for the college as our public address announcer for a couple of our sports teams on campus.
I took a leap of faith and came out to MCC on a full-time basis during the summer of 2011 to take a pair of positions. I am currently serving as the Sports Information Director here at MCC and I am also the Program Director for our campus radio station. I also have had the opportunity for the past seven years to be the play-by-play voice for Meridian High football on the radio.
I can honestly say that my calendar is always full and I stay on the run most of the time. My job here at MCC has taken me all over the Southeast covering sports and even to Kansas for a National Tournament. I have enjoyed covering sports since I have been on campus in a full-time basis, but sometimes things can change in a single phone call.
I have battled health issues since my wife and I got married back in 2010, and those crept back into our world back in April of this year. I was hospitalized for some minor surgery and had to stay a couple of days in the hospital, and one phone call would change everything forever.
I got a phone call while I was lying in the hospital bed and I guessed that it would have been a typical “Get Well” type of call, but it was to let me know that my Father had a heart attack, and was being taken to the local hospital in Meridian. My Father passed away that night and something you are never prepared for happened with him leaving this world.
I remember our last visit the day before he passed away and we talked sports as usual. We talked about how the baseball team was looking for the rest of the season at MCC, about our new coaches, and just a typical conversation about the Eagles.
My Dad brought me to my first MCC baseball game when I was five years old and we didn’t miss a home game for almost 13 years.
We went to MCC basketball games as well and any other sporting events at the college. I guess you could say that my Father had a large influence on my life and my love for MCC. I still keep a very busy schedule, but I have scaled back on some of my schedule this season. I still cover sports when I can and our radio station keeps me busy as well, but I learned that his death put life in a different light for me.
I have learned that spending time with my family has become more important to me over the past few months and my faith is stronger than ever.
My Dad was a strong man of faith and I appreciate all of the valuable lessons I learned from him through scripture and his direction.
I guess I can sum this whole story up by saying that life is so precious and we should treasure every moment. We never know that the ones we love the most will be gone, but I am supremely confident of where my Father is today.
I also want to thank everyone for the calls and messages after his death, and trust me that none of them went unnoticed.
I also want to once again thank Tony and the staff at the newspaper for allowing me to write something so persona about my life.
I hope to see you on campus at some point supporting the Eagles and I hate to steal a tagline from the most popular show on television right, Duck Dynasty, but it completes me at this point in my life.
Faith, Family, Sports. God Bless You and Go Eagles.