Yukon’s Austin Ruth – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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By Kelsey Baucom

Yukon senior Austin Ruth truly embodies the idea of an athlete with character. The 6’2 guard for the Millers basketball team is a player who has a good head on his shoulders and a heart for others, as head coach Kevin Riter can attest.

“Austin is a great teammate and a great student,” said Coach Ritter. “He is currently getting college credit and a full schedule while maintaining a 4.0 last semester. He is the ultimate teammate and will do anything to help his team win.”

Ruth’s father played college basketball and his whole family played or were involved in the sport so he grew up very familiar with the game. His father is someone who has been a role model for Ruth off of the court as well.

“My father, he has taught me that being a Christian you can still have all the fun and joy in life without blowing away your life doing stuff that jeopardize your future and how to be strong in your faith,” he said.

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Ruth’s character is something he strives to cultivate. He has a mature perspective on why having good character in athletics is especially important.

“Your teammates won’t respect someone who only cares about themself and doesn’t respect the people around them or strive to be a better person, and you can’t be a leader if no one respects you,” he said. “In five years no one is going to remember your stats or your awards, some people won’t even know you played, so your personality and the character you are is what is going to matter in life.”

Ruth is now in his final high school season and over the years he has loved his time on the court as a Miller. One of his favorite things about competing for Yukon is the close relationships he has built with his teammates and coaches that “continue off the court despite wins and loses.”

Outside of athletics Ruth is involved in Teach America, a tutoring class for younger kids in the school district, and Lead 222, a mission trip student-led trip program with his church. Upon graduation Ruth plans to keep on playing basketball as he works toward a mathematics or a business degree.


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