“Not only did The Patch keep me out of trouble after school (and help my dad get some rest), it also helped to mold me into the man I am today. Every single staff member has had a role in moving me onward and upward in life.
Everyone cared, and everyone contributed, which says something significant about The Patch, when everyone loves you so much that no one stands out; it means there is a lot of love and guidance for one young man to receive. That level of love made a difference and helped to shape every part of me: evenings in education made me a Patch Scholar; the discipline and encouragement of leadership development helped make me a soldier; debates and conversations in teen club prepared me to be the Public Relations chair of the Black Student Union; and the welcoming atmosphere made it a natural choice for me to take on being the Freshman Welcome Week coordinator.”
Sherman is a member of Kentucky Army National Guard
“Most importantly, unlike too many of my peers who didn’t have a place like this in their lives, I’m also alive today thanks to the patience and love of my father and the Patch staff.” – Sherman Everett, excerpt from Sherman’s speech at the 2015 Annual Auction