Meet Amari Douglas By: Adrian Sullivan
This is a new feature of Raider Athletics. The series has been created by Seminole State Student, Adrian Sullivan (right) and will highlight a Raider Student-Athlete.
Amari Douglas is a current student of Seminole State and an athlete of the Men’s cross-country and Track & Field teams.
Originally from Tallahassee, his mother is Bahamian & his father is Native American. Douglas has 3 sisters and 1 brother, with him being the middle child of the group. Douglas has been running since a very young age and when asked where he got his inspiration, he stated, “I’ve been running since I was 3 years old. My dad ran track for FAMU and I kind of just wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
Amari has been notably recognized for his amazing running ability competing in many Track & Field events such as the 4 x 400 meters relay and the 4 x 800 meters relay being recognized as the fastest in the nation at the 4 x 800. To him, running is something that comes naturally and he feels that he’s been given this gift to use for a reason. “I felt like that was a sign from God to keep doing what I was doing.” He said. “That’s probably one of the reasons why I’m put on this earth.”
In addition to track, Amari has played other sports such as football and basketball and has been told that he would be a great basketball player. A talented athlete whose passion for Track & Field and cross-country seeps with the hopes to inspire others, Amari has stated that he’d love to run with other notable track stars. However, not every dream is going to be without its setbacks and failures. “Sometimes it’s very discouraging when you don’t like win a race, or you have bad days at practice.” He expressed pensively as he rubbed his hands together, “But you’ve got to keep your head up and stay determined.” Amari firmly believes that without a good support system in place, emotions such as discouragement will have room to settle in. However, if you’re fortunate to have those people in your corner to help encourage you even through the bad times then the unachievable becomes achievable.
When asked what his career plans for the future were, Amari stated that he wants to become a physical therapist and would like to work with other athletes. In his free time, Amari likes to watch superhero and horror movies. He also enjoys cooking for himself and his roommates. Douglas’s favorite foods are pasta and gummies and his least favorite foods are bananas and peanut butter. A talented athlete with a bright future ahead of him, Amari is someone who believes that if you stay focused and purpose-driven you can accomplish anything.
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