Cushing’s Toni Leverich: Character Counts Presented By Cushing Primary Care SMC

By Derrick Smith

The title of character athlete is not one that every one that plays sports can carry. It focuses less on the athletic ability and more about who the person is on and off the field. Toni Leverich has her own idea of what makes a person a character athlete.

“It is an athlete who has integrity on and off the court,” said Leverich. “They also step up, work when no one is watching, and does the little things behind the scenes.”

Toni is a sophomore at Cushing High School, where she is a multi-sport athlete. She plays guard on the basketball team and is also on the cross-country team. On the track team, she runs the one mile race, 800 meter, and two mile relay.

Along with athletics, she is also a member of the Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Lifeline youth group.

There have been people that Leverich looks up to as role models. But there is one person that servers as a big role model for Toni.

“My sister Kyleigh is one person that I look up to the most,” she said. “She influences me and pushes me to be the best I can possibly be. Also, my basketball coaches also have a big impact on me as a player because they have never given up on me, and that’s what has shaped me into the player I am today.”

Her teachers have also played a big role in Toni’s life.

“One of my favorite teachers is Mr. Caldwell,” she stated. “He has taught me many life skills like to respect others, responsibility, leadership, and always put others before myself.”

Becoming the person and the athlete she is today has required a lot of work from Leverich.

“It takes hard work, determination, and doing the little things,” she said. “Going above and beyond just practice is important too, putting in the extra time.”