Our community remembers vividly the former Coahoma High School football star who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a sledding accident 3 years ago which broke his neck and paralyzed his body from the shoulders down. This type of paralysis is referred to as "quadriplegia." Since that time, Garett has undergone extensive physical therapy to keep his muscles active; he has earned an Associates Degree from Howard College, and is currently taking online courses from Angelo State University in pursuit of his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
Now age 21, Garett uses a laptop computer in which the cursor is controlled with a reflective dot attached to his glasses. Having full movement from the shoulders up, Garett turns his head to communicate commands to his computer. Due to stem cell replacement therapy in Switzerland and Germany last year, Garett has regained movement in his right arm, and can use a joystick controller to guide his power wheelchair.
Garett is a sports aficionado, and when KBest saw the need for an additional sportscaster, they looked no further than their own backyard.
Malinda Flenniken, Managing Partner of KBest Media says that she has been following Garett's progress over the last couple of years and noticed that he has become a very well-spoken young man. "He has a great energy and charismatic personality. He knows how to effectively use his voice, and, we're in the 'voice business!' Garett knows local sports first hand, and is a natural choice for us. We're really, really excited to have him on board. I think this could be the beginning of a long successful career for him. I would love to think that Garett will remember good 'ole KBST when he hits the big time."
Mark Richardson, Operations Manager and Sportscaster for KBest Media, will be working side-by-side with Garett on the court and on the field this year. Richardson has been broadcasting Howard College basketball along with Josh Caudill, who are both excited to welcome Garett to the KBest team. According to Richardson, "Garett's story has been one revolving around a tragic accident. Starting with Garett's recovery and rehab, the story has become one of determination and defying odds. Today, that story turns to a new chapter in his life, one that will showcase his talent, abilities and continued passion for sports. Today, Garett becomes a professional sports broadcaster."
The double basketball broadcast begins tonight at 5:45, live from the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum as the Lady Hawks and Hawks of Howard College take on Snyder's Western Texas College. The broadcast can be heard on the radio on "The Mighty 1490 KBST AM," as well as TV's Suddenlink channel 2, online at kbst.com, and the free KBST AM 1490 app for mobile devices.
Go Hawks! Go Garett!