Photo courtesy of Snowflake Taylor Youth Football and Cheer
The Snowflake High School varsity football team and Snowflake Taylor Youth Football and Cheer recognized Corbin Navarrette (front) recently for his courage and positive attitude. Offering their congratulations are (left to right) Nick McVicker, Wendy McVicker, Danny Navarrette, Ashley Navarrette, Cole Mortensen, Luke Craun, Tyler Claridge, Zack Solomon, Ryan Stuart and Youth Football President Jason Whiting,
By Naomi Hatch
Many people in the communities of Snowflake and Taylor gave their time and talents in support of the Snowflake Taylor Youth Football (STYF) and Cheer for the 2015 season, and they were recognized at an awards dinner Nov. 12.
Outstanding young men and young women received awards for their hard work to make 2015 a successful season.
A special award was given to an 11-year-old boy who not only showed courage on the field, but off it as well. Corbin, the son of Danny and Ashley Navarrette, has had a form of throat cancer since he was 2 years old, explained Ashley. She said that since that time he has surgery every three weeks, and will continue to have these surgeries in order to stop the cancer from going into his lungs.
The STYF Facebook page states, “This young man takes life head on with a smile on his face and a positive ‘I can’ attitude.”
“Corbin is a great young man who has been an inspiration and great example on and off the football field. It has been a pleasure to get to know him, and see what a real life modern day hero really looks like. I admire his example and his willingness to fight back with a smile and happy, positive attitude. I am proud of Corbin and his parents, and hope people will help them in their time of need,” said STYF President Jason Whiting.
“He is always happy and smiling. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in Corbin’s life,” said Ashley, noting that he is kind, and awesome in school, where he is an A+ student.
Ashley said that he learned to talk in second grade with a lot of help from therapists and doctors who had to retrain his vocal chords.
Corbin has set a goal of going on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he is old enough and hopefully well enough.
He received the 2015 Lobo Courage Award for courage on and off the field.
Members of the Snowflake High School Lobo varsity football team and Coach Kay Solomon also presented an award to Corbin.
In December Corbin and his parents will travel to Phoenix for his next surgery. It has been and continues to be an expense to the family.
Many monetary donations were given to the Navarrette family at the awards dinner, and Snowflake Taylor Youth Football is asking the community to help this family. A go fund me account has been set up for Corbin. For more information you can view the Snowflake Taylor Youth Football and Cheer Facebook page.