SAM'S FINAL TOUCHDOWN LIFESHARE HONORS DONOR WHO GAVE THE GIFT OF LIFE
Over the loud speakers during his weekly football games, spectators would hear praises of Sam Akin without a doubt. “Touchdown by #20 Sam Akin, running back for the Plainsmen”, or “55 yard run by Sam Akin”.
Sam Akin from Enid, Okla., had a love for life like no one else – and lived every day to the fullest. He loved to be outside and would often ride his scooter or skateboard until the sun went down – but nothing made Sam happier than football.
Sam didn’t just enjoy football – he lived it and he was good at it, too. His dream was go to on and play football for the OU Sooners and eventually to the NFL.
When he first attended Summer Pride practice at the high school in 2016, the coaches were excited to see Sam’s work ethic and ability. The coaches started talking to his dad about how excited they were that Sam would be playing for them soon. However, they didn’t realize at that time, Sam was only in 6th grade and would have another year before joining the Plainsmen.
When Sam first started playing for the Enid Plainsmen, he attended the first out-of-town scrimmage. His mom, Brandi, attended and cheered her son on with others moms who attended. After the scrimmage, as all of the other football players started loading up on the bus, Sam began running across the field to give his mom a hug and a kiss.
Brandi holds this memory fondly, of her sweet son who cared about his parents and was so caring to others.
Sam wasn’t your typical teenage boy. He loved to help people, too. He was quick to help strangers who were struggling or needed help. His family still receives calls from people who praise Sam for stopping bullying or helping a member of the opposite football team up after they were injured.
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