Richard "RK" Law, a sophomore business administration major from Beckley, W.Va., was recently named a Catamounts Climb Higher award recipient at West Virginia University Potomac State College.
“Richard is one of the main reasons that many of the returning men’s basketball players are still at Potomac State and still playing basketball,” said Kenna Jeffrey, a residence life specialist at the College.
Most of the players were recruited by a former coach who accepted a job elsewhere last spring and when Law found out that many of the players weren’t going to return, he took the long shot and decided to spend his summer talking with each one of them, encouraging them to return to play basketball and to complete their degree.
Law, who plays in the position of guard on the men’s basketball team, also serves as a resident assistant in Friend Hall, juggles a heavy academic workload, goes out of his way to make other students feel welcome, and has been named to the Dean’s List.
Climb Higher recipients are recognized for their ability to bounce back despite encountering obstacles, overcoming challenges and for staying the course. Recipients are also recognized for their outstanding work ethic, kindness and a positive attitude. Although this award is not based on GPA, the recipient must be in good academic standing.
“Richard is a hard worker and will achieve whatever he puts his mind to. He’s one of the most kindhearted students I know,” Jeffrey said. “I can count on him to help complete projects, even when he’s stepping outside of his comfort zone.”