Kylie Milton was surprised when she found out that her coaches had chosen her to be the Voice’s Student-Athlete of the Month. A senior for the Falcons, Milton doesn’t see much playing time during games. However, that didn’t stop her coaches from seeing how important she has been to her team’s success.
Milton feels that being recognized shows that leadership doesn’t come just from the coaches or the player who most carries the team. “I think this shows that anybody can be a leader; it doesn’t matter if you’re the best player on the court,” she said. “It can really be helpful if you’re not the most skilled to just pick up your teammates and that’ll help your whole team win games while being able to contribute to how they are feeling and doing in those games.”
Milton’s leadership becomes most evident when she tries to motivate her teammates and bring energy to every practice and game. “There are only three seniors on the team, so I’ve kind of stepped up and lead all of the cheers,” she said. “I really try to have a positive attitude in practice and in games, whether that’s on or off the court.”
Furthermore, Milton’s positivity helps her teammates grow and become better players. “In practice especially, I like to lead by example,” she explained. “If anyone is having a bad practice or bad game, just pick them up and take them to the side and cheer them up.”
Falcons head coach Kristofer Dean said Milton was an easy choice for him and his staff due to what she has meant to the team and the program.
“Athletes like Kylie are the reason our program has been able to be so successful over the years,” Dean said. “One, she is a great student and athlete, but she is an even better person and leader. She has done nothing but positive things for our program since the minute she stepped into our building as a freshman. Not only does she lead by example with her excellent work habits, but she also takes her knowledge of the game and helps teach the younger athletes in the program, help them understand exactly what is expected of them in every area of the game.”
In partnership with The Matt Wyble Team of Century 21, the Voice’s Student-Athlete of the Month series recognizes the many student-athletes in our area who make an impact not necessarily by way of statistics or stardom, but by their unique contributions. Contact Zach Sparks at email@example.com to nominate a young person in our community making a positive impact through sports.