Local

May 1, 2014

DLT dependent “Battles On” to BCU football after season ending injury

Airman 1st Class Chris Massey
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
LetterOfIntent_pict
Tyler Wright, Cienega High School Bobcats defensive tackle, poses for a photo with his parents and Cienega football team coaches at Cienega High School, Tucson, Ariz. Tyler is a dependent of Maj. Shannen M. Wright, 355th Medical Operations Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and was recruited by BCU despite sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee half way through his senior football season.

After a knee injury sidelined a Desert Lighting Team dependent half way through his high school senior year football season, hope of playing football at the next level seemed lost.

Tyler Wright, Cienega High School Bobcats defensive tackle, sustained a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the sixth game of his senior season.

“It was disappointing and very difficult for him because this was his senior year,” said Tyler’s mom, Maj. Shannen M. Wright, 355th Medical Operations Squadron women’s health nurse practitioner. “He was looking forward to this all four years of high school and he had to sit out the last few games of the season, which was hard for him to do.”

Tyler first went to an emergency room to be evaluated. He was referred to see an orthopedic doctor at the 355th Medical Group the next day where he received an MRI and was diagnosed with a torn ACL. After the diagnosis, he was referred to a sports medicine specialist off base, to surgically repair the torn ligament.

Although the injury seemed to take away his chance at playing college football, he had played convincingly enough in the first half of the season to still draw interest from a couple of schools.

One of those schools, Briar Cliff University, located in Sioux City, Iowa, was very persistent and patient in their pursuit of the Cienega stand-out.

That determination to have Tyler on their team eventually paid off when he signed a letter of intent to play football on scholarship for the BCU Chargers, and plans to major in Criminal Justice once enrolled.

“It is a great blessing for our family that Tyler has the opportunity to continue his education and play football at the next level,” said Maj. Wright.

Tyler found resilience by leaning on his faith and his family during his recovery.

“He is progressing well in his post-surgery rehabilitation and is on target to play once again this fall thanks in part to the wonderful medical care he received from the 355th Medical Group and civilian network partners,” said Maj. Wright.

Maj. Wright also competed at the collegiate level. She was recruited by the Air Force Academy to run cross country and track.

“I’m excited to see that he’s going to be able to participate in sports while attending college and I think that the benefits that I’ve received from competing in college will translate on to him,” said Wright. “I think he will learn a lot about self-discipline and hard work. He’ll be challenged, but it will help him learn how to get through other aspects of college. I’m anticipating him making the same kind of life-long friendships that I was able to.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)

PASM and AMARG set new record

The Pima Air and Space Museum and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group set a new record for tours administered in the month of July. The non-profit museum and D-M’s “Boneyard” brought in 2,060 visitors, ...
 
 

Help make it possible

D-M is preparing to kickoff its annual Combined Federal Campaign Sept. 1. The CFC’s mission is to give federal employees the opportunity to promote philanthropy by supporting their favorite charities. There are more than 3000 national and international charities for federal employees to choose from. “Now, D-M members can give to any charity in the...
 
 

MAC celebrates 85th anniversary

The Tucson Metro Chamber Military Affairs Committee celebrated its 85th anniversary earlier this month. The MAC became a standing committee of the Tucson Metro Chamber in 1929. At that time, the Chamber’s Aviation Committee was responsible for the Pilot’s Register at Davis-Monthan Aviation Field, the first municipal aviation field in the United States. “I think...
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force earns majority of federal energy awards

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — It’s a banner year for the Air Force with the Department of Energy recently announcing that service won a lion’s share of 2014 Federal Energy Management Program awards. The Air Fo...
 
 

Nominees sought for Joan Orr spouse, Verne Orr ward

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center officials are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Air Force Association Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award and the 2015 AFA Verne Orr Award. The Joan Orr award honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. The...
 
 

Airmen encouraged to vote, obey AFI on political activities

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As the political season approaches, we should all be encouraged to do our civic duty and go out and vote. However, as an Air Force member, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here is a short noninclusive list to help you determine what is or is...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin