Huntsman to headline Clark State MLK Day celebration that honors peacekeeper awardees

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Jan. 14—Clark State College will host a virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

"Clark State is honored to be part of the MLK celebration each year," Ronald Gordon, dean of enrollment services, said. "It is not only an opportunity to recognize Dr. King's sacrifices and dedication to civil rights for everyone, but it is also a chance for students to be acknowledged for carrying on his legacy."

Coach Tray Huntsman, founder of Huntsman Elite, will be the keynote speaker. He said his presentation's message will be in the area of, "'Are we honoring those who sacrificed their lives?' 'Are we doing our part?' 'Are we taking advantage of our 24 hours?' 'Are we a victim or victor?'"

Huntsman, who is working on his first book and podcast, is a basketball instructor whose focus is to provide intense training essentials for improvement in the players' skills. He is not only determined about teaching basketball, but also building character, leadership and respect on and off the court.

His faith-based, three-time nationally ranked AAU program recently finished seventh in the nation.

"Huntsman Elite is a cool story," Huntsman said. "I was going through a tough time in my life, and I started training a few kids in a barn in the country. The kids and families were so touched by the sincere investment in their kids that they wanted people to know they were trained by me. So, they suggested that I make gear for them to wear. That forced me to come up with a name. After pondering for weeks what I was going to name it, I decided to go with Huntsman Elite. The acronym is HE and also stood for God."

The annual Peacemaker Awards will also be presented to 12 local high school students recognized for their ability to resolve conflict in a positive way and assist in bridging cultural and social differences within their schools.

"These students have shown the commitment to continue Dr. King's work by promoting equality for all in their daily life functions and are well deserving of receiving the Peacekeeper Award," Gordon said.

This celebration will officially denote the soft-start of Clark State's February Black History Month celebration.

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