Finally! Good News Out of Florida: African American Teen Offered 150 College Scholarships

Student, Chad Thomas offered 150 scholarships*Well, I think you will agree that Florida hasn’t produced any good news in quite a while – especially where African Americans are concerned.

Which makes this news, reported by 10 News Tampa Bay so joyfully welcomed.

Chad Thomas, a senior at Miami’s Booker T. Washington Senior High, must be feeling like a wanted man these days.

But in his particular case, being wanted is a good thing…a really good thing!

As it turns out, he has been offered 150 scholarships from a variety of educational facilities seeking his incredible abilities as a football player, and budding musician that plays 9 – count ‘em – nine  musical instruments!

Its good to have options!

But Thomas won’t need them, he’s already made his choice. The 18-year-old senior who helped the Booker T. Tornadoes win back-to-back state championships and a national title this season tells the media that he has chosen to attend the University of Miami; where he will play football and also work on his music at the university’s Frost School of Music.

It was Thomas’s late grandmother who inspired his love for music. As a young boy, he would listen to his grandmother’s gospel CDs. Then she bought him a guitar and signed him up for piano lessons. By the time he was 5, Thomas was performing, 10 News reports.

The instruments Thomas plays is the piano, trombone, euphonium (a small tuba), bass guitar, regular guitar, snare, tuba, trumpet and drums, and guess what: He will never abandon music, even if someday the NFL comes calling.

“So if I make it to the NFL, that would be a blessing for me,” said Thomas. But his love for music remains a passion. “I have love for music and took it upon myself to learn and play the instruments I hear in the songs.”

Thomas’ confident response to anyone who asks if he had to choose between the NFL and music, which would it be is…

“It would probably be music,” said Thomas.

Read more at 10 News Tampa Bay.

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