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14, Freshman at Clay-Chalkville High School
Played football for six years
Track and field
How It Began
When Lawson was a baby, he was involved in a serious car accident that launched him out of his car seat and left him with a serious brain injury and lengthy recovery. “He’s been through a lot with the doctors, x-rays and physical therapy,” said his mom Latorra, who admits that the accident took a toll on her and caused her to be a bit overprotective.
But Lawson didn’t let the injury or the significant challenges it brought with it slow him down for too long. Since the accident, Lawson has continued to make tremendous progress. “I just thank God his injury is not severe anymore,” said Latorra. His doctors have cleared him to play and perform like a normal child, and Lawson has done just that. In the 3rd grade, hedecided to try playing a game he’s spent countless hourswatching on TV: football. To this day he still enjoys the gameand is looking forward to playing football in high school and then in college.
When asked who he looks up to the most, Lawson stated that he likes Mark Ingram (a running back in the NFL) because they share the same position. He also said his motto is “Go hard or go home,” a quote that helps him give his best in his endeavors.What’s NextLike many football players, Lawson hopes to take his talent to the LSU field in Baton Rouge while pursuing a degree in biology “because I’m good at science.”
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“My mom is more of a cheerleader because she tells me what I need to hear; and my dad is more of the coach because he pushes me to go harder and mentors me,” said Lawson.
Parents, Lawson and Latorra, admire their son’s progression and work ethic. “He’s come a long way in school. He’s good in academics and good in football,” Latorra said, “He never gave up on his dreams.”
Photographed by Lauren Childs