Yukon’s Payton Hofer – Character Counts Presented by Oklahoma Educators Credit Union

By Derrick Smith

A character athlete is a title that not every athlete can hold. It takes a certain kind of person to be able to reach that mark. Payton Hofer says that it is more than just being a good athlete.

“To be called a character athlete means that you were able to show great character on and off the field,” he said. “And that you were able to be a great example and leader to the others that surrounded you.”

Hofer is a senior at Yukon High School. He is a member of the Millers’ football, wrestling, tennis, and track teams. Outside of the school sports, he also plays hockey and lacrosse for local teams.

“My uncles and cousin played hockey and lacrosse back in Minnesota, which is where my mom is from,” Hofer said, in regards to the two sports that are not widely played in Oklahoma. “When we found out that both of those sports were available locally, my parents decided put me in both of them.”

It has taken time for Payton to reach the level of athlete he is today, and it has not come easy.

“There has been a lot of practice, hard work, and listening to what coach says because more times than not, he is going to be right,” he said.

One of Payton’s biggest influences has been coach Craig Hubbard.

“Coach Hub has taught me some very important lessons in life,” he said. “The most important lesson he has taught me is ‘put the ball down’. It means that no matter where the ball is as soon as it gets snapped we go attack it.”

Hofer also serves as President of the Yukon Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a group of which he has been a part of for three years, and was recently named FCA All-State.

“FCA has been a great outlet to express my faith to other students as well as strengthen mine,” he said. “God has opened many doors in my life through FCA.”

Payton is also on the Principal’s Honor Roll. In the fall, he plans to attend Oklahoma City Community College, where he plans to obtain a degree in occupational therapy.