By Rich Winter
Throw a ball on the court, some golf clubs on the course and a relay baton in track and Todd County junior Bryce Hammer is ALL in. Throw a Blood Drive, Hammer is in…Reading is fundamental, All-In. National Honor Society - IN.
You see, it’s not just that Bryce Hammer is in, and does a lot of things, it’s how he does them. A four time state qualifier in golf, Hammer can be seen yucking it up with guys he’s never played with. Already a four-time state track qualifier (7th, 8th, 9th, 10th) Hammer is as good at the 100 as he is at the 800. Track, same thing, interacting with other schools and cheering his teammates on no matter their place of finish.
Falcon English teacher and girls basketball coach, Bob Boyd on Hammer
Bluntly, Bryce is the perfect role model for the youth on our reservation. He is always involved and does whatever it takes to help those in need. He shows tremendous leadership in our National Honor Society program. He has been involved in countless community service activities including Blood Drives, Reading is Fundamental and serving our reservation elders with food and blankets.
As a role model, Bryce has influenced many youth within our community. He has been to countless basketball camps that teach youth not only basketball skills but life skills. Bryce’s character and commitment to the sport and to school has shown the youth what it takes to be successful as a student/athlete.
Whether it’s on the lynx at State Golf or in the classroom at TCHS or on the track at Howard Wood for State or on the basketball hardwood, Bryce is always the same person. You never see any sort of braggart behavior or misbehavior. He is always the same courteous, humble, well-mannered kid no matter where you meet him. If this is the first-ever Sacred Hoops “Athlete of Character Award,” Bryce Hammer would be the perfect student/athlete to represent Sacred Hoops and Lakota Nation as its inaugural recipient - Bob Boyd.
The Hammer resume:
Students Overall GPA: 4.0 School Activities this Student/Athlete is involved in: Bryce is involved in multiple sports at Todd County High School which include Basketball, Golf, and Track. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and is a Regents Scholar. On top of that he maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average and has perfect attendance every year.
How does this student/athlete works with the youth in their school/community:
Bryce has done numerous outreach programs through National Honor Society including going to the different outlying elementary schools around the Rosebud Reservation to read books to classrooms and hand out books to the kids. Bryce has also done a few youth basketball camps at the local elementary and middle school with the Todd County Boys and Girls basketball programs. Bryce is a great role model for the youth in this community. He works hard both on the court/field and in the classroom.
Please list examples of how this student/athlete volunteers time to better their community:
Bryce has volunteered at events such as the annual blood drives they have each year in the community. He also assists with the Special Olympics, works concession stand at various sporting events, and does volunteer work for the elderly around mission by mowing lawns and performing other types of yard work in the summer.