Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 / News 12 at 11 o'clock
AUGUSTA, G.A. (WRDW/WAGT) - The story of an astronaut who once was in their shoes captivated kids at the Great Futures Celebration for the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta Tuesday night.
Captain Winston Scott told News 12 he does it for the kids--because he was one of them once.
"I was a club kid; I grew up in Miami, Florida, and was a member of the Southwest Boys Club," he said.
Scott was the VIP guest of honor, and talked about how the Club shaped him and prepared him for success, first as a Navy pilot, then an astronaut.
"Leaving the planet--and working out in space--it truly is a life-changing event. And it gives you a little different perspective on life, on the earth, and life on earth when you're out there," Scott explained.
He's logged almost 25 hours in space, but says he couldn't have thought of a better place to be.
"Astronauts like to say: 'Reach for the stars,' And we mean that in both a literal and figurative manner--that if young people can gain a passion about something and they focus and they work hard...they can reach their star," Scott said.
That's his message. And the kids of Augusta's boys and Girls clubs were over the moon to hear it.
"Having a speaker like captain Scott gives me hope," said Beleial Lamb, the 2019 Local Youth of the Year Winner for the Club. He is on his way to success in his own right.
"The boys and girls club has been like a second family, a second level of support," Lamb went on to say.
He told News 12 seeing someone like Scott--like him--is added motivation that he can achieve his goals.
"Seeing that he went from the same situation that I'm in, or that I was in, or that these kids are in, it's just inspirational and phenomenal--and it makes me feel like there's nothing that I can't do," said Lamb.