Written by Joe Vitale

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Chancellor “Chance” Kennedy is a rising senior at South Mecklenburg High and one of a multitude of talented
play makers on the school’s football team. One of the best at his position in the state, Chance enters his senior season
as the team’s leading receiver and a fierce competitor on special teams and the defensive side of the ball.

With the goal of improving upon South Meck’s 8 and4, 2014 season, Chance and his teammates have been
working hard this summer in the weight room and in regional football camps. The Sabres tied for second in the
highly competitive SoMeck 8 Conference last year and advanced to the state playoffs before losing to a powerful
Butler team in the first round. This year, Coach Rocky White looks to take the Sabres deep into November and with talented
players like Chance, things are looking good on Park Road.
Chance began playing football in South Charlotte as a youngster and has excelled throughout his young career. Now 5-foot, 8-inches tall and
a chiseled 170 pounds, he is ranked as a top 25 prep wide receiver and a top-100 overall senior in North Carolina by a number of the national
high school scouting bureaus. His speed (he runs a 4.48 second 40 yard dash and has clocked a blistering 10.71 seconds in the 100 meters for the
Sabres track team), quickness, good hands, route running skills, natural instincts and leadership skills caught the interest of many NCAA Division I programs.

He impressed several college recruiters during his junior year and during the summer football camps to secure offers from
such notable programs as the University of North Carolina,Youngstown State, Ohio University, North Carolina Central University, Jackson State
and others.

As amazing as Chance has been on the prep gridiron and track, he iseven more impressive personally and in the classroom. If there is a more
popular student among his peers and teachers at South Meck, I’m not sure he has been found. Chance is active in numerous extra-curricular
activities, has a quick wit and is an outstanding student academically. His teammates, coaches and fellow students describe him as fun, intelligent,
a great friend, hard working and full of positive energy.

That combination of athletic talent, work ethic, leadership skills and academic prowess landed Chance an additional college offer this spring. One of the most prestigious universities in the nation recognized Chance’s unique skill set and came calling. The United States Military
Academy at West Point wanted Chance to join the ‘Long Gray Line’ andoffered a coveted full scholarship. On Father’s Day this past June, Chance
surprised his father by tweeting the following heartfelt message:

“My gift to my Father for Father’s Day is that I will be committing to play football and further my education at Army-West Point. #Beat- Navy.”

Imagine the pride of his parents as they witness their son taking his place among the Corps of Cadets on the historic campus overlooking the
Hudson.

The South Mecklenburg Sabre and South Charlotte communities are extremely proud of Chance and his accomplishments. The South
Meck student body, his teammates, teachers and coaches are expecting big things from Chance as he concludes his prep career this season and
are anxious to follow his future exploits at West Point and beyond.