Local teenager offered scholarship to elite sports academy
TROY, N.Y. -- A simple Google search ended with a local teenager being offered a huge scholarship to an elite sports academy in Florida.
Nate Como, 16, was a junior at LaSalle Institute in Troy this year. Now, he is attending IMG Sports Academy on a $50,000 scholarship, a school where 60 percent of its athletes go on to Division I schools.
Como tells me without the support of his family, this dream wouldn't be possible.
"I just literally Googled football camps in the Florida area, and came up with IMG Academy," said Andrea Como, Nate's mother.
The Comos were on vacation in Florida, when Nate attended a one week camp at IMG. That week, he was offered a scholarship to the school.
"When I was standing at IMG and watching him practice that day, everything came together to me. I really felt like this was our purpose," said Andrea.
"I've been given a lot of good opportunities because of my family," added Nate. "I could be anywhere right now, but I'm here."
Andrea and her husband Dave adopted Nate when he was just ten weeks old, 16 years later, he is now pursuing his dream of playing pro football, one step at a time.
"Step two is working hard to reach the goal," said Nate. "The goal is far ahead, but I believe you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it."
One of Nate's role models? His mom. Six years ago Andrea was diagnosed with stage two Ovarian cancer. Today, she is cancer free.
"It takes a strong person to go through that difficult of a process and come out stronger, so that is what I am trying to do as well," said Nate. "To be as strong of a person as my Mom."
"I took what happened to me and I really turned it around to raise awareness and to teach my kids in life, none of us are promised anything," adds Andrea. "That you just get up and try to be the best person."
So with that focus, Nate says he will return to Florida and IMG Academy in August, to try and chase his dream harder than ever before.
"He sees that if he continues to put in the hard work, that he will be successful in all he does," says Andrea.
Como is already being looked at by some division one colleges in North Carolina and Florida.
He says he doesn't have a specific dream school, only one that will allow him to go the farthest in football and in academics.
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