Moore's Niko Williams – Character Counts sponsored by Eskridge Honda


Written by Dekota Gregory

Moore High School boy’s basketball coach Gregg Hardin is not the only one noticing Niko Williams’ character.

When the Lions volunteered to serve food to elders in the community on Thanksgiving, without being asked, Williams took charge of the process.

While Hardin witnessed what he sees on a daily basis, Moore High School principal Mike Coyle praised Williams’ efforts to Hardin.

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“My principal came to me and said, ‘I want you to know, this kid right here has been very helpful the whole time we were there,’” Hardin said. “I tell my basketball kids all the time, ‘That’s the highest praise.’ We want to win championships out there on the floor, but my main thing is to have good-quality character kids. He’s the forefront in that.”

“That’s probably the most gratifying thing I can get as a basketball coach.”

VYPE’s Character Counts article is not the only monthly recognition Williams has recently received. Williams, a junior, was also named Moore High School’s Student of the Month in November.

While that’s decided by faculty and staff, Williams has also won over his teammates and Hardin deemed Williams as “the most likeable kid on the team,” which has also developed into a leadership role.

“He’s always got a smile on his face, and he gets along with everyone on the team,” Hardin said. “That’s the first thing that catches my eye about him.”