Campbellsville youth basketball coach Jay Wright received the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.
Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
Wright received the community Change Award.
The awards are given based upon six elements, which spell the word Eagles. They include Encouraging and exhibiting Attitudes of Greatness, while Leading with high Expectations to Success.
CES Principal Elisha Rhodes nominated Wright for the honor.
On his nomination form, Rhodes wrote that Wright has been a first- and second-grade youth coach for the past two years.
“And in that time, he has served and worked to give these young boys everything he has in order to grow them in the game of basketball, and, more importantly, the game of life.”
As a parent and principal, Rhodes wrote, it has been heartwarming to watch Wright’s players improve on and off the court.
She wrote that Wright has allowed community members to speak to his players each week about how to have character on and off the court.
“He not only has a passion for being a crucial member to the whole child’s growth, but he also takes the time and money to purchase plaques as a thank you for those who say yes to speaking and being a part of this growth as well.
“It’s through the influence of coaches like Coach Jay that young boys become successful men.”
Darrin Price, who also coaches youth players, said that Wright has brought new energy and hard work to the program.
“He has helped other coaches and provided equipment to help bring a high class product when events are hosted at our schools.
“Not only does he help during the season, but he also has open gyms in the off season so kids can work on their game.”
Wright said he is honored and humbled to receive the award.
He said he is excited for the future of the Eagle basketball program and is appreciative of all who support it.
Wright is married to Campbellsville Elementary School teacher Maranda Wright.
Their son, Jackson, is a second-grader at CES.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at left, honors Campbellsville youth basketball coach Jay Wright with the community change award.
Campbellsville youth basketball coach Jay Wright, pictured with his players, is honored with the community change award.