Compton High Student Puts on a Clinic: Paying It Forward

11 Jul

It’s always incredibly moving when despite economy, socio-economic status, societal image and basic stereotypes, a young man proves that he can not only rise above the labels and the odds, but that he can also bless others in the process.  What began as a contest for Allan Guei, a graduating senior at Compton High School in Los Angeles, CA, resulted in a move so profound, one has to wonder how long before an After-School special will be produced to tell his tale of class and generosity in its purest form.

Organizers of the Compton High free throw shooting contest were on a simple mission: to demonstration to students how to create community spirit through the incentive of awarding college scholarships.  The only contest requirement was that entrants be students at Compton High and have at least a 3.0 GPA.  Of the nearly 80 applicants that entered, eight contest finalists were selected at random to participate in the event, which was held in March.

One such participant was school star basketball player, Allan Guei.  And although he had an obvious advantage over many of the other contestants (in that, as a star basketball player, he was likely more capable of making foul shots than the other competitors), the organizers decided that Geui should be allowed to remain in the contest since he too met all of the contest requirements.

Sure enough, with fluid form, technique and follow-through, Allan’s precision free throw-shooting earned him the top scholarship prize of $40,000.  But it wasn’t his impressive b-ball skills that fascinated all who’d come to learn of this young man and his story of excelling on and off-the court.  It was the fact that three months after swishing his way to a more financially comfortable college experience, the Cal-State Northridge student-to-be (who’d earned himself a full scholarship from the school) graciously decided that his $40K winnings would be put to better use if split between the seven other students who qualified to compete in the March contest.

“I’ve already been blessed so much and I know we’re living with a bad economy, so I know this money can really help my classmates,” Allan Guei said in a release from the school. “It was the right decision.”

As a part of the contest and to build morale and cohesion in the Compton community, the contest organizers decided to film the Compton High students throughout the ordeal as part of a documentary that is scheduled to be released this fall.  In one of the films closing scenes, CHS principal Jesse Jones makes the surprise announcement at the school’s June graduation of Guei’s benevolence.

Donald Dotson, who also plans to attend Cal-State Northridge, described Guei as being a very deep, intelligent, and warm person.

“He’s going to go really far in life.  Because of what he’s done for us, God will bless him. That’s what life is all about; stepping forward to help other people.”

And just like that, in a stunning and tear-jerking display of kindness, Allan Guei solidified his legend as a stellar high school academic and athlete who saw the good and felt the necessity in paying it forward.

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    […] high school academic and athlete who saw the good and felt the necessity in paying it forward. [ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE]Tagged as: Allan Gui, Basketball, Compton High School, Paying it Forward Article by Tiff […]

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