Carter County Dodge

By Derrick Smith

Throughout the career of an athlete, there are people that make an influence on them. Whether it is in person or from a distance, role models help shape us into who we become. Graci Idleman says that watching a local college softball standout is what helped her get to where she is today.

“Lauren Chamberlain is a big role model to me,” she stated. “Not only is she one of the best softball players, but she reminds me that there is more to sports. And when I saw the way she loved the game, it made me love it even more.”

Idleman attends Dickson High School, where she is a senior. She began playing softball at the young age of four and she currently plays first base for the Lady Comets’ softball team. She is also a member of the school’s cheer team.

Dickson softball head coach, Kristin Williams, is another person that Graci says has played a big role in her life, both in sports as well as everyday life. “She has taught me that nothing comes easy,” Idleman said. “If you want something, you have to be committed and put in the work to earn it.”

There has been a lot of work required for Graci to master her softball skills; but she says its more than just work to reach your goals. “For me, it has taken a lot of confidence,” she said. “I have gained a lot of confidence over the past four years and it has definitely helped me along the way.”

During the span of most athletes’ careers, there are moments that standout to them. Usually they are things they have achieved during competition, like their first home run or winning a championship. For Idleman, her highlight moment is something a little more personal. “My team and coach consider me a leader and a motivator,” she said. “It makes me proud that I am someone that they can count on for that.”

Graci is also a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Council at Dickson. Outside of school, she is a member of H20 LifeChurch.