PAYING OFF… HE’S GETTING A FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP TO COLLEGE. KPIX FIVE’S JOHN RAMOS IS AT McCLYMONDS HIGH IN OAKLAND WHERE HIS TEAMATES AND HIS FAMILY ARE CHEERING HIM ON. On this college football signing day, they gathered at McClymond’s High School in Oakland to watch one of their own fulfill a dream. Harold Pierce/ Director, athletic and academic support “Out of a million student athletes across the US, only 60,000 play in collegeâso this is a monumental achievement.” Amani Trigg-Wright was the stand-out offensive tackle on a team that has won the small-school State Championship for the last two years. A full-ride scholarship to UNLV is his reward for 4 years of hard workâand his mom says it was the wish of his father who passed away just as Amani was entering high school. (Mom) “It was a dream come true. This is something his dad has always talked about. One day, this could happenâand it did, todayâso it’s a very proud moment.” And aside from his responsibilities on the field, Amani also carried the burden of being a role model to his peers. Damon Gardner/Amani’s teammate “He pushed me to class and everythingâwhen I want to give up he pushed me, so that’s somebody that I can look forward to looking up to.” Amani Trigg-Wright “Just me, knowing thatâI just have to build my character upâbe respectful to a lot of people,” But McClymonds is in a tough part of West Oakland and young people here are faced with plenty of obstacles to overcome. That’s why Amani’s achievement is seen as a win for those he played with as well. Michael Peters/Head Coach, McClymonds HS football “And they know that they can come and earn a scholarshipâespecially for a population of 350 studentsâI mean, it’s big.” In fact, it’s a victory for the entire community. After the signing ceremony, a local clothier handed out his donation of brand new suits so the team can look sharp when they accept their championship trophyâthese young men of respect, pursuing dreams of their own. In Oakland, JR, KPIX-5. AMANI HAD ROLE MODELS OF HIS OWN. BOTH OF HIS PARENTS ATTENDED COLLEGE AND HIS FATHER PLAYED BASEBALL FOR ST. MARY’S COLLEGE IN MORAGA.