Freshman Dijon Stanley - Here to Rewrite the Books
Freshman Dijon Stanley made waves this fall and spring for his humble, but impressive athletic abilities. On the junior varsity football team he led by lighting up the scoreboard on offense and locking down defenders on defense. In addition to his outstanding play on offense and defense, he was the key special teams player sparking big plays when the team needed him the most.
Dijon also starred during the shortened track season, breaking two school records and sitting in the top five in three other events. Dijon is currently ranked first in the 200 meter and 400 meter and ranked fifth in the 100 meter, the only freshman with a time in the top twenty.
Dijon credits his father as his hero. Terrell Stanley was a well rounded athlete and Dijon inherited those abilities. Playing football is primarily about the success of the team but track switches that role, giving you the ability to focus on yourself. “I like playing team sports because it's great for bonding, builds brotherhood, and it is great to always know someone has my back.” Vise versa, when asked why he enjoys track, he responded with, “I like being part of an independent sport like track because it is very easy to focus and you don't have to think or worry that much.”
Dijon is quiet and humble at practice but competitive at heart. Being a perfectionist and running through repetition after repetition has greatly impacted the success of his athletic career. Dijon enjoys competition because he knows he is going to see the best from everyone and he is going to bring his best. Competing helps perfect your skills and by making one mistake in competition, you know you have something to work on. If you are not having fun, then are you really doing what you love? “Teammates make practice fun because at Grace Brethren, nothing is given to you, you have to compete for everything and competition is always fun. I enjoy having a good time with family, I know I can joke and laugh with my teammates and with coaches and that's always fun.”
Before a game or race, Dijon reminds himself to leave it all on the field or track. If he competed to the best of his ability, then that is all that matters. His favorite verse to read before competition is Ephesians 6:10, “Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Dijon chose Grace Brethren because of our small classroom sizes and the individualized coaching that our programs offer. “The teachers and staff are very helpful and the school is small so you receive more one on one with your teachers or coaches.
Our faculty and staff are excited for Dijon’s future at Grace Brethren and look forward to Dijon developing into a well-rounded student-athlete.
“Grace Brethren taught me that being uncomfortable is a healthy place for growth - a lesson that I would tap into almost every day at the Air Force Academy.“
Dijon credits small class sizes and personalized one on one coaching styles for his success.
Class of 2020 looks forward to getting back on track, twenty-four athletes will compete in college.