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Derby’s Nathan Keener – Student Athlete Of The Month Presented By Davis-Moore Chevrolet

By Matt Browning

Nathan Keener, a football player at Derby, was chosen for the Davis Moore profile for October.

Keener’s dad just recently retired from the military after a 30-year career.

Being the son of a military parent has been difficult, at times, for Keener.

“The military environment has had a major impact on me,” Keener said. “As a younger kid, I felt like I was living a different life than everyone else. It was always difficult because as soon as we got orders (when the military tells you where you will move to next) to another place, there was nothing that we could do about it.”

Having to meet new friends and saying goodbye to old ones was difficult, but being away from family members was even harder
for Keener.

“Another major thing that was hard for me was growing up away from my grandparents and other extended family members,” Keener said. “I feel like a lot of my relationships with my extended family are still at a starting point because I never really got to spend enough time with them.”

When Keener and his family moved back to Kansas when he was 11, something about who he was as a person changed.

“A switch flipped, and everything hit me,” Keener said. “The negative things that I used to groan and complain about were now positive things that I could embrace and use to have an impact on others. Since I have come into contact with so many different types of people, I am now able to help out and be a light to others. If I had no connection to the military, it would not be possible for me to have this skill.”

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