By Joseph Garcia
Liberty Hill senior Jordan Skinner is making the most of this final athletic season wearing Panther purple and gold while preparing for a new chapter in his young adult life.
Skinner was athletic defensive end for the varsity football team and he has already played his final down for the Panthers. But he is not yet done writing his final chapter in Liberty Hill athletics.
Skinner, who turns 18 on March 22, competes in the shot put field event for Liberty Hill. To say he has done well this season is an understatement.
He has placed high in all of Liberty Hill’s meets this season, including two gold medals from the Round Rock meet and the Badger Relays. He views his participation as a way to stay involved and occupied.
“I’m just trying to put everything I have into this season since it’s my last,” Skinner said. “It’s not necessarily the shot put event that I like specifically, but track as a whole because it keeps me busy and somewhat in shape now that I’m not in fourth period.”
The Lake Jackson native has lived in Liberty Hill for seven years. He enjoys taking art classes at school and his favorite athlete is San Antonio Spurs All-Star forward Tim Duncan.
Duncan’s nickname is the “Big Fundamental” and Skinner is doing his best to improve the fundamentals of the shot put and improve each week as the season progresses.
“I would have to say my goal for the rest of this season is to get better than the week before. But if you asked the coaches they would say it should be to show up to practice more,” Skinner joked lightheartedly.
Skinner will be closing the door on his high school career and is aiming to put up a good showing when the District 8-3A Meet rolls around in April, with a possible trip to the State Meet. But he is looking forward to another chapter in his life – fatherhood.
He said it was a thrill to catch a glimpse of his unborn daughter, Brylie Nicole, expected on May 11.
“Hearing her heart beat and seeing her in the ultrasound was one of the coolest experiences I have ever been through,” Skinner gloated. “I’m pretty excited to have her in my life.”
Skinner’s life will certainly be different when he is done throwing the shot put for Liberty Hill. In addition to becoming a father and graduating, he has some very admirable goals to help people with special needs.
The multiple-sport athlete hopes he can spread his knowledge with an Olympic program while working away on a possible college career.
“I’m trying to start up a Special Olympics program for people with special needs,” Skinner explained. “College-wise, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I will either stay here to hopefully see the special needs plan work out while going to Austin Community College and taking care of my new responsibilities. Or I may even enlist in the military.”
A commendable effort to be sure for Skinner whether he decides to work with special needs people or serve his country. One thing is for sure though after he puts his all into his final athletic season: He will make a positive impact in the lives of others.