Chicago high school athlete’s bond with school resource officers helps clear path to college

Chicago high school athlete’s bond with school resource officers helps clear path to college

CHICAGO (TOC) — Omarion James was a standout basketball star at Foreman Excessive Faculty, and in addition began on the soccer staff. The multi-sport athlete additionally managed to maintain up with faculty work and acquired good grades. However it was his management that acquired the eye of college useful resource officers John Bauer and Katherina Nowakowski, who took him beneath their wing.

“These two, they not like cops. I have a look at them as household,” James stated.

“He is such an important child. By no means acquired in bother in school,” stated Nowakowski.

James wanted this household greater than ever two years in the past when tragedy struck. His 13-year-old sister Amaria was shot and killed by a stray bullet meant for another person whereas sitting on the household’s entrance porch. His finest buddy and teammate was additionally injured within the taking pictures. Days later his brother was shot to demise. In some way James managed to get by means of it.

“It was a miracle to me and Kathy that he was capable of preserve his grades up, play sports activities, regardless of all these tragedies,” Bauer stated.

Regardless of his success in highschool nonetheless, James was not listening to from schools. That is when the officers stepped in.

Bauer stated when he informed Omarion’s story to the recruiting workplace at Jacksonville State they instantly provided him a spot and diminished tuition. Omarion would be the first in his household to go to varsity.

“I stated I wished to get away simply ‘trigger, like, the trauma I used to be dealing with, I wished to get away. I felt like if I get away I would have the ability to focus,” James stated.

Officers Bauer and Nowakowski plan to assist him keep centered in faculty. They’re bonded collectively. posing with household throughout his senior appreciation night time picture.

“I informed him something he wanted, John and I might be right here for him,” Nowakowski stated.

Although Omarion is graduated and off to varsity, the officers stay concerned. The truth is officer Bauer plans to drive Omarion the 11 hours to Jacksonville State, leaving early Monday morning. He is additionally attempting to boost cash to assist Omarion pay the remainder of his tuition and has began a GoFundMe web page.

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