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New Jersey football player is a star out on the field, but devotes his home life to caring for his sick mom.

Teenagers in the millennial generation often get a bad rap for focusing most of their energy on their own needs, but 17-year-old Quai Jefferson could never be called selfish. The senior at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ, leads a busy life at school. He is a star wide receiver for the St. Joseph Green Knights as well as being a starting shooting guard on the school's varsity basketball team, but when he gets home from practice, he immediately launches into another role--caregiver for his ailing mother.

Quai's mom, Vaida Jefferson, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 11 years ago, and her body has been gradually deteriorating ever since. Today, she is unable to do much of anything on her own and requires assistance to get out of bed, feed herself, and even go to the bathroom. Quai was just seven years old when his mother was first stricken with the incurable autoimmune disease, and he has had to be the "man of the house" for many years. At age 10,

Award-winning strength and conditioning coach helps athletes from many different sports achieve their full potential.

While the head coaches of high school football and baseball programs are often credited for the success of their teams, the work that goes on behind the scenes is as impressive as what happens in front of the crowd. Before the players who represent the athletic teams at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, SC, suit up and take their spots on the field, they have to train in the gym to achieve their maximum potential. The strength and conditioning coaching the A.C. Flora Falcons receive is imparted to them by Micah Kurtz, who is in his sixth year at the school. This season, Kurtz was named Strength Coach of the Year by the S.C. Coaches Association—an honor that his students and colleagues agree is well-deserved.

Unlike other coaching jobs in high school sports, Kurtz never has an off-season. He helps players from nine different A.C. Flora sports as well as coaching the Iron Falcons—the school’s strength competition team. His services are available to any

Students from Colorado high school show boundless compassion to their opponents who had been affected by tragedy.

When the matchups in high school sports get heated, it can be tough to remember that your opposing team is made up of other teenagers who are a lot like you. They have their successes and their failures, and sometimes, they have to deal with hardships. The true test of character for an athlete is when they can put winning and losing aside and show their support for someone in need off the field. The football team and entire student body at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, CO, proved that their hearts were in the right place during their game against Fairview High in mid-September.

The flooding that occurred in Boulder, CO (home to Fairview High School), from September 11th-13th made national news. Lives were lost, streets were washed away, and thousands of residents had their homes damaged or destroyed. High school football was the last thing on most peoples’ minds, but the season had to go on for the Fairview Knights. Their game against Rangeview was canceled

Charity soccer game in Connecticut pits current players against alumni to benefit an important organization.

Current members of the Frank Scott Bunnell High School girls and boys soccer teams will face off against former Bunnell Bulldogs in an alumni game on November 20th. The event, which will be held at the high school in Stratford, CT, is a fundraiser to benefit Halle's Hope--a local charity dedicated to the memory of Halle Anne Root, who passed away at the age of five. Even at her young age, Halle had a firm belief that anything was possible, so the foundation raises money to help other children in the area find a way to reach their full potential.

The coed soccer game taking place this month will pit senior members of the boys and girls soccer teams against both male and female Bunnell graduates, all of whom played soccer for the Bulldogs while they were in school. The game will be played in two 40-minute halves and underclassmen from the Bunnell teams will provide support as concession stand workers, scoreboard operators, and ball boys/girls. While admission to the