The Walker Williams Story
The year before Walker entered kindergarten, we attended a high school track jamboree. We noticed one group of young people who stood out from the other schools in the way they interacted with each other and through their respect for the adults running the jamboree. We realized that was the environment we wanted for our son. That was the year we discovered Tacoma Baptist Schools.
Walker attended TBS from kindergarten through 12th grade, and we never looked back. Even as it became evident that Walker had a potential future in Division 1 football and when we understood that players of small schools are not typically on the radar of college coaches, we never seriously considered moving Walker to a larger school for more exposure. We were advised by those in the recruiting world that it would be in his best interest, but we trusted that if Walker was meant to play D1 football God would provide a path regardless of where he went to school. The values that had played a role in our decision so many years ago were still important to us as he began high school.
We started marketing Walker by sending videos of his workouts and TBS games to colleges across the nation. Soon he was as visible as any other prospect in Washington. In the summer of his junior year, we traveled across the country visiting colleges and meeting coaches, many of whom are now coaching in the NFL. During a visit to the University of Washington, Walker met Tom Lemmings, a prominent national recruiter, and soon after we received a call that Walker had been named to the All American team. He would be representing Washington and Tacoma Baptist in the Semper Fidelis All American game in Phoenix, Arizona during the January of his senior year. Following that game, Walker signed his letter of intent to the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) as his senior class, KING 5 News, and KOMO News looked on.
Walker survived his first year of college, making the Dean’s list and learning how to train at the college level. With fall football practice in full swing, his time is spent in the weight room, watching film, or on the field. In the spring he plans to apply to the School of Engineering (One of the deciding factors for choosing Wisconsin was the Nuclear Engineering program.) A highlight of Walker’s time with the Badgers has been working out with Russell Wilson who showed up for one of the team’s 6 am workouts.
Our experience as a TBS family was different from the one we had when our older son was in public school. At TBS, we had a voice in what we would allow Walker to be exposed to during his formative years. We felt we did not have to isolate or shelter him because world experiences are important in teaching children how to decipher and to respond to situations as young adults. TBS allows students to do that while also being free to experience God’s love and speak freely of Him in their day-to-day lives. Surrounding our son with caring teachers and the community of families and friends at TBS is one of the best decisions we made as a family. Walker truly made lifetime friends at TBS, several of whom are attending college in Phoenix and plan to be at the Badgers’ game against Arizona State University to watch him play.