When Dawson County High School senior basketball player, Tyler Dominy inked his name on a deal to accept a full scholarship offer this past Monday, he was flanked by an enthusiastic network of family, friends, coaches and supporters.
I have a blessed opportunity to be here, and I just want to thank all of you guys for coming out here and supporting me through all of it, he said prior to accepting a four-year, full athletic scholarship from the University of North Georgia (UNG). He gave special attention to his younger brother, Dawson, who's had to follow me all around the state for his whole life."
DCHS Head Basketball Coach Thad Burgess couldn't be prouder.
Hell get to eat free, which is a big deal, said Burgess jokingly. Hell also get all of his books and have a place to stay for four years. So, its a great honor, he added.
Dominys parents, Bruce and Teresa, said that despite other offers he considered, UNG was the best fit.
At first we had a little apprehension and thought he might not really be getting far enough along, said his father. But now that its settling in, we really feel blessed. One of the greatest things is to be able to be a part of it for the next four years because of the school's proximity. Its such an award, and I am looking forward to cashing it in. But, its hard to let go.
Dominys mother said she is grateful of her sons choice.
He spent a lot of time and energy making sure he looked at all of his options, and I think hes where he needs to be, she said. It gives him independence, but hes also close to home. And I can go see some games. That would be difficult if he was far away.
Dominy said he made great memories at DCHS that he will take with him to the collegiate level. These past four year have been amazing all the memories I made Ill never forget. Its a lot of hard work (that) paid off, and its going to be a great experience. I am really excited to get out there and start.