Student Athlete of the Week: Destyn Peoples

Berry Academy's Destyn Peoples is the Student Athlete of the Week, leading his teammates by example on and off the field.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Destyn Peoples is leaving his mark on Phillip O. Berry High School.

On the football field, he’s a leader. He understands what it means to lead by example, and for him, it’s not just about the stats he comes up with on Friday night.

“I look at it as my teammates are my brothers,” Peoples said. “I want to go out there and protect my brothers.”

But Peoples isn’t just leaving a legacy on the football field.

“I want to leave an impression on my teammates that are going to be here,” he said. “I want them to ask themselves, ‘what would Destyn do? How has he told me to handle this?’”

He just returned from a mission trip, where he literally washed the feet of those in need and gave out shoes for local residents.

“It made me hungrier, everything that I did made me want it even more and appreciate what I have even more,” Peoples said.

Working with the Young Black Male Leadership Alliance and taking on the role of class president, Peoples has left a lasting mark on Berry and with his classmates. He has the platform to also inspire others to do more.

“It makes me know I don’t want to be mediocre,” he said. “I want them to have the same things I have, so that’s what’s going to make me different.”

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