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Sanders pays back family with academic, athletic success


McClymonds senior athlete DaVeonne Sanders remembers what his family did for him, and he’s ready to return the favor.

Just a few years ago, Sanders’ mother tragically passed away, a woman who inspired him and the Sanders family every day. She worked hard and was just the perfect mother to her children.

Through the tragedy and loss of his mother, Sanders knew what he had to do going forward.

“I’ve got to thank my mom,” Sanders said. “May she rest in peace. I do it for my family because I know that I’m their way out, and they’re counting on me to do my best and just to put on a show for everybody.”

Sanders is a star for McClymonds, and whenever he gets the ball, there’s a thought that he could take the football all the way.

On a McClymonds squad that rolled its way to Oakland Athletic League and Northern California titles in 2019, Sanders was everywhere on the football. The slot receiver, running back, special teams returner and defensive back brought in countless touchdowns offensively and also returned multiple punt returns for scores.

When Sanders first started playing at 7, he knew this kind of success was in store.

“Since I first touched a football, I knew I could be special if I put the work in,” Sanders said.

While Sanders is building on that dominance, as he and McClymonds are 2-0 and outscored opponents 120-0, where he’s excelling more is in the classroom.

Sanders boasts a 3.7 GPA and has two academic offers.

“I’m really good with academics,” Sanders said. “I have all academic scholarships. I have two scholarships to William & Mary and Whittier College.”

And Sanders strives for more.

“First, I want to finish this football season with at least 1,000 receiving yards and I expect post-high school nothing less than a 4.0,” Sanders said.

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