Jones’ Caley Young – Character Counts Presented by Alert Driving School

By Derrick Smith

Success is not something that is just given to you, it is something that has to be worked for and earned. Caley Young knows what it means to work to be successful.

“To be successful in sports, it takes hard work, commitment, willingness to put in time and effort, and of course a love for the game.”

Caley is a senior at Jones High School, where she is a multi-sport athlete, playing basketball, softball and track. Young plays forward on the basketball court, rotates between third base and catcher for softball, and throws disc for the track team.

A character athlete, for Caley, means to have character all the time, no matter where you are. “For me, being a character Athlete means that you do the right thing even when nobody’s looking and you are a player that you’re teammates and coaches can count on.”

Young and the Jones’ girls basketball team made some history last season, but were unable to reach their final goal. “Our team was able to accomplish several firsts for Jones girls basketball, but we fell just short of our goal of making the state tournament.”

There are always people that athletes look up to and for Caley, that is no different. “My biggest influences would have to be my parents,” she stated. “They lead by example by showing my brother and I that hard work and treating people the way they want to be treated is the key to being happy and successful in life.”

Young’s favorite teacher has taught her to understand other people’s perspectives. “My favorite teacher, Joanna Rasp, taught me to believe in myself. She also showed me how to see things from other people’s perspectives, whether I agree with them or not.”

When she is not practicing or playing sports, Caley is also involved National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Key Club.