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Youth Services of Oklahoma County touts 40 years of success stories

Supporting Kids in Independent Living (SKIL) helps students succeed under difficult life circumstances.
BY STACEY ALLEN Modified: May 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm •  Published: May 21, 2013

“She was the first person to come watch me play football,” said Thomas, adding that he began to have hope. “She would come to the school and people would tell me that lady was here to see me. ... She was a voice for me.”

Brooke Davis' husband was a coach and came with “Miss Brooke” to watch Thomas play. Against all odds, Thomas began to have hope. He had someone who believed in him and that changed everything.

As a sophomore, SKIL helped him get a championship ring like the rest of the team; as a junior, the group provided him with a tux.

Since then, he became the first person in his family to graduate from college.

He played basketball for Redlands Community College on scholarship and graduated magna cum laude from there and followed it with a degree from Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La.

“I don't think my life would be what it is today without SKILS. I just want to say, “Thank you,'” Thomas said.

STACEY ALLEN, For The Oklahoman