Volleyball becomes unexpected path for Prairie’s OJ Payne

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Senior OJ Payne poses May 11 for a portrait at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids. He has received a scholarship to play volleyball for William Penn University in Oskaloosa. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS– OJ Payne really did not understand he would certainly end up playing volleyball.

It had not been constantly on his radar. The 18-year-old finishing elderly at Grassy field High School has played sports, yet it was always football and also basketball. Currently, in university, he will certainly be playing beach ball for William Penn University in Oskaloosa throughout a time in which guys’s beach ball is growing.

Currently, there are 23 Department I males’s programs, 17 in Division II and also 69 in Division III. The NAIA, which William Penn belongs of, has 50 programs for males. As well as only 22 states have approved high school beach ball for children– Iowa not being just one of them.

” I wound up getting entailed with the club group, 380 Evil one Dogs,” Payne said. “I’ve just been playing for three years and I liked it due to the fact that we got to travel. I played truly well, too, so I thought I would certainly stick to it.”

Payne is amongst 390 Pasture Secondary school pupils marking their graduation Saturday at the Alliant Power Giant.

Sticking as well as trying a new point to it while keeping a favorable attitude has actually worked out for Payne. He received a scholarship to play beach ball at William Penn

. Payne claimed education and learning and also sporting activities are necessary to him because they have actually both been essential to his family.

His mom, Melissa, is the dean of students at Kirkwood Neighborhood College, however will quickly be associate co-president. His father, also named OJ, is a recruiting professional for NCSA, the Next College Student Athlete hiring company.

” Everyone in our family members has actually learned as well as expanded because of who OJ is and also the elegance with which he has conquered a lot of trials,” Melissa said. “He has really made this opportunity to launch into their adult years and I anticipate seeing just how this next phase in his life will certainly grow him.”

” Also as grownups, when we pertain to an obstacle that is aggravating, we tend to shut down and avoid it,” Becky Gearheart, a Pasture special education instructor said of Payne. “Rather than do that, OJ functioned to find out methods to take away obstacles that might have obstructed his success.”

After college, Payne claimed he intends to continue to go after volleyball. When he’s not at school, he likewise operates at Little Angels Childcare.

” Even if I can’t play an organization, I would love to assist and train children as well as still have a service part, also. My own footwear or brand. Coaching younger children is truly fun, however businesswise, I assume I can do that, as well,” he said.

Payne said searching for volleyball has made him seem like a kid once more and it’s why he loved it, he stated.

” Everybody is smiling on both sides of the court as well as making buddies with the various other team,” he stated.” Even as adults, when we come to a challenge that is discouraging, we often tend to close down and also avoid it,” Becky Gearheart, a Meadow special education educator stated of Payne. “Instead than do that, OJ worked to figure out methods to take away barriers that might have obstructed his success.”

After college, Payne said he intends to remain to go after beach ball. He also functions at Little Angels Daycare when he’s not at institution.

” Even if I can’t play a league, I wish to assist and trainer kids and still have a company component, also. My own footwear or brand name. Coaching younger children is really enjoyable, but businesswise, I think I can do that, also,” he said.

Payne stated finding volleyball has actually made him seem like a youngster again and it’s why he fell in love with it, he said.

” Everyone is smiling on both sides of the court as well as making good friends with the other group,” he stated. “A lot of sports, you chat garbage. You chat trash here, too, yet it’s not mean. It’s fun and also you joke about. It resembles being a little kid once again.”

” I finished up obtaining entailed through the club group, 380 Devil Dogs,” Payne claimed. Payne stated education and learning as well as sporting activities are important to him since they’ve both been vital to his household.

Coaching younger children is actually fun, but businesswise, I believe I can do that, as well,” he said.

” Also as grownups, when we come to an obstacle that is frustrating, we often tend to shut down and also prevent it,” Becky Gearheart, a Prairie unique education instructor stated of Payne. Coaching more youthful children is truly enjoyable, however businesswise, I assume I can do that, as well,” he said.

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