Glenie Cross III
Detroit PAL has many multi-sport athletes. These athletes must work hard year-round to keep up with their school work and their athletic obligations. That’s no problem for 11-year-old Glenie Cross III.
Glenie started playing football with PAL when he was 8 years old for the West 7 Rams D Team. In 2016, he will be moving up to the B Team. In addition to football, Glenie also spends time running track.
In 2015, Glenie’s football team earned the opportunity to play their championship game at Ford Field. “My favorite sports memory is when we played at Ford Field,” said Glenie, “We won the championship and I got the MVP award!” This accomplishment is even more impressive considering that the track and football seasons overlap.
Glenie and his teammates always make sure to support each other and work together to accomplish their goals. Their hard work earned them a championship in 2015, but their coach makes sure they know that win or lose, sportsmanship is key. “The most important lesson my coach has taught me is sportsmanship,” said Glenie, “Coach taught us if we lose a game, we still shake the other teams hands and don’t be mad.”
“School is definitely our number one priority,” said Glenie’s father, Glenie Cross, Jr., “I believe that sports has made him organized and focused.” This focus and hard work has paid off! Glenie maintains a 3.8 GPA at Foreign Language Immersion Culture Studies and got him inducted into the National Elementary Hall of Fame! Glenie makes sure to always get his homework done before he goes to practice.
Glenie is a great example of a hard-working student athlete for Detroit PAL!!