About a year before the picture above was taken, David Vaughn, and his friends from Staunton, IL walked into Ageless Fitness, where I was working at the time, and signed up for gym memberships. They were young kids, full of energy, and ready to prepare for their upcoming football season.
They worked hard...VERY HARD! Every day they would lift, run, sweat, joke, and laugh the way high school kids with the whole world in front of them should.
Each time he walked through the door David would greet me with his traditional "Yo, Pete! What's Good!"
Just like the group of friends I went through high school athletics with, they were accountable to each other, they were hard on each other, but through the whole process I could see them bonding with each other as friends and teammates closer than most kids that age can ever understand unless they have been through the crucible of high level varsity sports.
What David and his friends didn't realize then is that they weren't just training each other for sports. They were training each other for life!
They were learning to work together to achieve a common goal, and they were building one of the most valuable of all life's assets...life-long friendships!
Tragically, a few days prior to this writing David's life was cut short and his story ended far too soon. I believe at his core he was a good person with a good soul who made a series of less than ideal life choices because he strayed from those values he learned all those long days sweating in the gym with his comrades.
I'll end this tribute by saying simply...David will be deeply missed by many, and I will remember him as the contagiously energetic, positive high school kid with all the potential in the world that he once was!
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