The Milwaukee High School Sports Awards is a high school athlete recognition program. It honors the area’s top-performing athlete, coaches, and teams. The 2022 program culminated in an in-person awards show on May 25 at the The Pabst Theater. Players of the year were announced in each sport and other special awards were given.
Quay Walker attended this year’s event according to Kassidy Hill of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. One of the first messages he gave to the students was to enjoy the time they have in high school.
“I know being in high school, you always want to get to college, but college is always going to be there,” he said. “But high school, these are people you’ve grown up with your whole life, 11, 12 years, whatever the case may be. It’s going to be strange not seeing those people once you graduate and move on to a new chapter of your life.”
Kassidy Hill conducted a 20 minute question and answer with Quay Walker. These are some of the questions that were asked:
What advice would you give your younger self?
“Always be thankful for where you’re at. Don’t take nothing for granted. Adversity is going to come your way, just try to come up with a plan of how you can maneuver through it and push through it and fight through everything.”
Why did you stay at Georgia despite not starting until your senior season?
“I actually thought about transferring a whole lot of times, but my position coach and Coach (Kirby) Smart, they wouldn’t let me do that that. … Not only that, but that would have been selfish of me because of all the people I have back home looking up to me. It goes back to that word: adversity. I went through that, had to push through and once I did that it let a lot of people know that anything is possible.”
Are you an advocate for playing multiple sports? How can it help or hurt?
“If you really believe in being an athlete then I believe playing two sports is the best thing to do. Just exploring your options. You never know what you might come across. You may end up liking something more than the other one. I was really in love with basketball, but football got me to where I am today and changed my whole life.”
What is the best piece of advice you want to share?
“No matter what comes your way, just continue to try to fight through. Something I always love to say is that it doesn’t cost much at all to be a good person. Say for instance you go into a convenience store and you walk to the cashier. She might be having a rough day and just by you being kind and gentle, saying kind words (it) can change a person’s whole life. … Even though all of us come from different backgrounds, being a good person don’t cost at all.”
“Being a good person doesn’t cost at all” was one of the first messages he gave all night. It is incredible to see Quay Walker already integrating himself with not only the city of Green Bay, but the State of Wisconsin.