Grundy County Yellow Jacket basketball standout Cullen Anderson signed a scholarship offer to play basketball for the next four years with Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee. Anderson signed his official papers last week on the campus at Martin Methodist.
On Friday, Grundy County High School bas-ketball coach Kevin Butner set up a local signing ceremony for Cullen in the band room at GCHS. It was an amazing event, to say the least, as the GCHS “family” of athletes joined Cullen, the Yellow Jacket coaching staff, and Cullen’s family to commemorate this special occasion.
Coach Butner introduced Cullen, who arguably had more dunks in his career than any player in Yellow Jacket history, to the group that gathered for the event. Coach Butner shared his favorite memory of Cullen’s career.
“Cullen asked me to give him goals for every game,” said Coach Butner.
“We were having a bad first half in a game and I asked Cullen, what was wrong?” he added. “Cullen told me, I hadn’t given him any goals for the game.”
“Needless to say, I gave him goals immediately and it helped turn our game around.”
That was just part of what made Cullen a special student athlete at GCHS. He is a young man that goes about his business with a respect for the game and all those that are a part of it. He is very humble and thankful for those things that have come to him.
“I want to thank my family, my teammates, my teachers, and Coach Butner for given me the direction and support to reach this point,” responded Cul-len.
To add to the excitement of this young man’s ceremony honoring him on his scholarship signing was the turnout by his athletic peers. All sports were represented in being on hand to support Cullen. Coach Tracy Hayworth stopped football practice and brought the team up to join the festivities. Lady Jacket basketball coach Louie Ladd ended practice and newly named Lady Jacket softball coach ended her “meet and greet” meeting to allow their athletes to also join the celebration.
It was an awesome event for an awesome young man that is looking forward to playing basketball at the next level. It was heartwarming to see all sports come together to honor this young man. You could tell by watching all of the onlookers that they were very happy for their fellow teammate or peer in the “athletic family” at GCHS. This is what it is all about. You hear so many times how the adults interfere with the sports’ programs, but I wish all the adults could have witnessed the closeness and the bond that all these athletes displayed Friday afternoon.
First and foremost, congratulations to Cullen Anderson! Also, congratulations to all the student athletes that took time to give their support. Unity like that is what the sport’s world needs more in it.
Cullen Anderson is pictured with GCHS basket-ball coach Kevin Butner and his parents April and Brent Anderson.