Power of Life Comes to DAEP
On December 5, 2018, Cory Broadnax, a member of the Power for Life Team visited the students at the Margaret Galubinski Achievement Center. He brought to them an inspirational message of hope and demonstrated some of the feats of strength that he and his team will perform tonight at their finale event at the Cooke County Cowboy Church.
He relayed to them his experiences growing up as a boy born to a teenage mom whose family kicked them out of the house because his father was African-American and they were Caucasian. Resultantly they moved from house to house during his childhood. He talked about growing up without a dad and the day he was able to meet his dad as a boy. He conveyed the excitement that he felt on that day, and the resulting desire that he had to be just like his dad. Nevertheless, his dad was not a fixture in his life. Rarely there until it became clear that Cory was going to be a talented athlete in school.
Up to that point Cory had struggled in school due to dyslexia and speech impediments. In his words he could not read, write, or speak. Yet, because of his athletic talent he was passed through the system. He shared how these struggles lowered his self-esteem. Despite his growing athletic ability, he feared being labeled one of the “stupid” kids.
When he reached middle school his dad reappeared in his life only to take his mom to court for custody of him. In court his mom was deemed an unfit mom and custody was given over to his dad. At the court, his dad told his mom to change Cory’s last name to Broadnax and keep him with her. Cory could come visit him every other weekend. He just wanted Cory to bear his name when Cory became a star in athletics.
Cory latter shared with the class that because of his dad’s absence he was never comfortable taking criticism, even constructive criticism from men. When men would criticize or correct him, he would become angry.
Even as a teen, Cory vowed to never let drugs, alcohol or circumstances crush his dreams. He wanted to overcome the statistics. He said when people would entice him with drugs or alcohol he would respond with “Why should I do that. If you can give me a reason I will.” They could not. When they would say do them for the girls, or to relax, or other things he would respond with “I already have those things.”
Circumstances changed for Cory when he decided to rededicate his life to the faith of his childhood. Since then he has been blessed to own a growing personal training gym and marry his best friend from high school.
His word for the students was “I believe in you.” “Each of you were born with talent, abilities, and dreams to achieve great things. If you get caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time bad things can happen. If you get caught up with the right people at the right time, good things can happen. Things you can image can come true.”