Saturday night, March 2nd, during the 2013 Edition of the Thomas Memorial Baptist Church “Live-It” Basketball Awards Banquet, the 2013 Inspiration Award was presented not to an individual but to a family.
The Inspiration Award is an award that isn't given every year. When it is awarded it normally is for actions both on and off the court. The organizers of “Live-It” chose this year’s family for just such actions. The award was presented by Westley Bruner,
“Live-It” Coordinator and Thomas Memorial's Youth Minister. This year’s recipients are the Wil Hinson Family – Wil, Tracey, Wil and Wade.
Last year, neighbors, friends and parents of other “Live-It” players saw first hand how when the dad's away in Afghanistan serving his country in the armed forces the pressure to handle the home front falls squarely on mom's shoulders. Tracey held down a job, took the boys to ball practices and games. The way that she handled the situation was an inspiration to many of the people she came into contact with during this time.
This was Wil's third deployment in the past nine years; the other two deployments were to Iraq. Wil's willingness to serve his country and to protect not only our rights but the rights of those in foreign countries, is definitely an inspiration to many of us who have known Wil most of his life. It is tough on any parent to be away from his or her children and takes dedication to others to be able to do this.
Wil and Tracey know that there are plenty of other armed forces families that go through the same hardships that deployment can put on their family. Both were very appreciative of being honored with the Inspiration Award.
Wil is the son of Sheryl and Angus Hinson of Quincy. Many readers will remember all the years that Angus spent coaching youth baseball at Connor Field in Quincy where he coached his son Wil during his little league career.
It was a privilege and an honor for Thomas Memorial “Live-It” Basketball to present the Inspiration Award to the Hinson family.
The “Live-It” program would like to thank all the armed forces families in the area for their dedication and sacrifices that they go through on a daily basis to preserve our right to put on programs such as “Live-It.”
On a personal note, I would like to give a special thanks to Wil for stepping up to the plate and serving his country. It's good to know that he has my back because you see, when he was behind the plate catching during his little league years I was behind the plate as an umpire, and I guess you might say in those days I had his back. Thanks again, Hinson family.