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  • Bill Althaus: Humble Fort star making impact

  • A few years ago, Fort Osage basketball coach Josh Wilson asked about the possibility of writing a feature story about a player who was making quite an impact on the court and in the classroom.

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  • A few years ago, Fort Osage basketball coach Josh Wilson asked about the possibility of writing a feature story about a player who was making quite an impact on the court and in the classroom.
    That was my introduction to D'Vante Mosby, a young man who has impacted more lives than he can ever imagine.
    I took Wilson up on his invitation to interview Mosby, but I had to wait a few minutes after the Indians completed their basketball game. Mosby was busy helping a janitor place the folding chairs from the bench on a storage rack and pick up empty water bottles and debris.
    Now, I have to admit, that was a first.
    This past season, he played a big role in the Indians’ second trip to the Class 5 state championship football game and he then led Fort Osage to the best season in the history of the boys basketball program.
    Those accomplishments are well documented, as he is a frequent member of The Examiner's basketball and football All-Area teams.
    What you might not know about Mosby is the impact he has made with his peers, his teachers and his community.
    “He's just an amazing kid,” Wilson said earlier this week. “Nothing he does surprises me.”
    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Osage High School, Mosby is hosting the school's first Unified Special Olympics Track Meet.
    “I've been in charge of the Special Olympics Track Meet the past two years,” Mosby said, “but this year, I wanted to have something different. This will be like a lot of other Special Olympic meets, but there will be one significant change.
    “The Special Olympians will not be competing by themselves. They will be competing with a buddy.”
    And that buddy could be you.
    Mosby, who became active in Special Olympics while working on the high school's student council, is seeking volunteers in all age ranges to team up with the Special Olympians to help them run, throw, jump and have the time of their lives.
    “Their buddy will compete and hang out with them for the entire meet,” Mosby said with a touch of enthusiasm in his voice. “It's going to be an amazing way for people to see the awesome selflessness and spirit people with special needs always have.
    “Currently, I'm low on volunteers, and I can guarantee that anyone who comes out to help will have the time of their lives.”
    If you are interested in volunteering, go to www.somo.org and click on the “VOLUNTEER SIGNUP” tab. Look for Fort Osage in the registration center and click on it or you can contact Mosby at dvantemosby@gmail.com or Julia Hansen from the Special Olympics at Hansen@somo.org.
    Page 2 of 2 - When The Examiner presented an award-winning series on the ills of high school sports – ranging from drugs, social media, nightmare parents and peer pressure – Mosby was featured as the poster boy for all that is good about high school sports.
    That put a little extra pressure on his broad shoulders, and he has taken his philanthropic ways to new levels with this year's Special Olympics event.
    Over the course of a 30-year career at The Examiner, many prep athletes come and go. There are simply too many to recall each and every one of them. Then, there are the D'Vante Mosbys, who make such an impact that they are unforgettable.
    It's been an honor to watch his success on the football field and basketball court, but it's been even more rewarding to get to know him as a person.
    You can have that opportunity this Saturday. Don't let it slip away.
    Bill Althaus is a sportswriter and columnist for The Examiner. Reach him at bill.althaus@examiner.net or 816-350-6333. Follow him on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     
     
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