Logan County High School senior, Kennedy Nichols, has hit goals few basketball players achieve during their high school career. After joining the coveted 1,000 points club in December, 2019, she has now reached the 1,000 rebounds mark.
The love of sports came early for young Kennedy. She grew up playing basketball and softball. Her love of the game carried into school and she began playing both sports in middle school. She has not stopped since.
"Basketball has taught me so much as an individual," Nichols said. "I learned to have a strong work ethic and how to have fun while doing it," she added.
Nichols had no idea how much that growth would be needed as she experienced a great deal of personal hardship during her time on the court. She opened up about the unfortunate and heartbreaking loss of her mother during her junior year. During that same time-frame, she also lost her beloved aunt and her cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kennedy, along with her father, Tony, and brother, Colby, a senior at the University of Kentucky, drew strength from each other and their faith in God during this time.
Despite great adversity on and off the field, the future is bright for Kennedy and she is excited for a new chapter of her life to begin. When asked about her plans after graduation, Nichols didn't hesitate.
"I want to go to college at either Louisville, Western or UK and major in elementary education. I have always loved kids," she said.
Nichols achievements in academics, sports and life are inspiring. Finley Baird, Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Logan County High School, knows this well and has played an important role in her life as her coach over the past four years.
"Kennedy has been a leader in many ways on the team," said Baird. "She has had a lot of accomplishments as a basketball player and as a softball player. She has averaged a double double in nearly every game. In the state, she's one of the rebounding leaders. I would like to see her go to the next level in both basketball and softball. Any college coach would be happy to have her."
"She has been a real joy to coach. I hope she's successful in everything that she does," Baird added.
Nichols track record speaks for itself and has undoubtedly helped to fuel the beautiful woman she is today.
UPDATE: Rooted & Grounded is happy to announce that Kennedy received the William C. Parker scholarship at the University of Kentucky. "I made my decision. That's where I'm going," she said. Congratulations, Kennedy. We're all so proud of you!
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