Young Champions: Local student-athlete gives back to community


For Bayside Academy rising senior, Sam Koby, his love for basketball started in the Bayside gym several years ago.

"I started coming to Bayside basketball camp whenever I was little and I kinda fell in love with the sport,” said Sam Koby, Bayside Academy rising senior.

Little did he know back then, that this camp would also introduce him to another passion of his, giving back.

"It's important because kids as they are growing up they look up to people and they can either take a good path or bad path so you want them to take the good path and have someone to look up to so i am trying to be a good image for those kids,” said Koby.

His selfless mindset doesn’t go unnoticed.

“Make other people better, not just about me, what can I do to make this place better, the team better, the program better,” said Ralph Watson, Bayside Academy Head Basketball Coach.

On top of coaching at basketball camp and being a player on both the basketball and football team, he was also elected as Senior Class President.

It's safe to say he has his plate full.

But Sam still manages to find time to volunteer at two local food banks.

"I've been fortunate enough to have good parents and a good family and everything that I could need. You have to realized that there are other people that don’t have all of that. I think that are a lot of people out there that are in tough situations and they need people to help get them out of that so it is really just great to help in any way you can,” said Koby.

No matter where life takes him he will forever be grateful for his school and his community.

"Bayside means a lot to me. It's a great family atmosphere and Bayside kind of feels like my own family in the community,” said Koby.

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