Athlete of the Month

The July 2017 recipient of our Athlete of the Month Award is Derrick Gainey from Memphis Academy of Health Sciences 
"He is always ready to learn more, try more, and do more.  Those, I believe, are all hallmarks of great leaders and great people." 
-Patricia Ange
Academic Seminar, Memphis Academy of Health Sciences

When the search began for our 2nd Annual Trey Rich Memorial Scholarship recipient, there was a sense of excitement for our organization.  When the applications roll in for this honor, it always takes us back to Trey's legacy.  We were honored to award this year's scholarship to Derrick Gainey from Memphis, Tennessee . 


As a senior standout lineman, Derrick made big plays both offensively and defensively for Memphis Academy of Health Sciences.  Derrick's head coach, Cedric Miller, raved about his tenacious attitude to succeed on every play.  As a senior, Derrick earned 16-A All District Team honors.  Looked up to as a team captain, Derrick was able to be a model example of hard work.  Derrick accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Mississippi Valley State University this fall and he is excited about his new start.  "I plan to go and study business, graduate, and give back to the Trey Rich foundation," says Derrick.  During his time at MAHS, he was also a member of both the track/field & wrestling teams. 

Derrick accumulated a number of athletic accolades throughout his high school journey, and he's shown equal commitment off the field.  He earned a 3.09 Grade Point Average and graduated rank #16 in his senior class.  His commitment to scholarly excellence and exemplary leadership makes him a beacon of hope for his peers.  Memphis Academy of Health Sciences teacher, Patricia Ange, says, "The boys go to him for advice because they can always count on him to provide them with his thoughtful, level-headed advice."  As a testament to his incredible character, Derrick was selected to participate at the 100 Black Men of Memphis’ Summer Mentoring Program in Atlanta. 


Derrick definitely left his mark on Memphis Academy of Health Sciences.  He has groomed leaders who hope to build on what he started.  Mississippi Valley State University is about to gain a young, ambitious leader with a heart to grow in all facets of life.  Congratulations again to Derrick for becoming the 2nd recipient of our Trey Rich Memorial Scholarship!