Name: Winston Britton
Athletic accomplishments: In six games this season, Britton has ran the ball 14 times for 256 yards, scoring twice. He has 23 receptions for 460 yards and six TDs. He is also 1 for 1 passing for 20 yards. Defensively, Britton has five interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He’s the captain of the football team. Britton will be a 3X4 award winner, which is an award for a three-sport athlete all four years. He was selected as a Super 11 football player. He was all-state as a junior. He’s been named Offensive MVP and Rookie of the Year, and received the Coach’s Award for all-around ability and leadership. Britton’s a member of the basketball team and a member of the track and field team.
Academic accomplishments: Britton has a B+ average. He has offers to play football in college and is looking to double major in economics and political science with the hope of becoming an agent. He’s taking an advanced biology class this year as well as Spanish III and British Literature. He’s also taken English 12, History of Media & Culture, Statistics & Probability and Advanced Forest Ecology and Research. He helps mentor students in the middle school once a month. Britton’s volunteered with Midnight Run and is a leader of the team. He’s worked with the Hornets school community service project at P.S. 81 in Brooklyn. He’s worked with little kids in sports, arts and crafts, music and dance.
Getting to know Winston Britton
The Journal News: You live in Rockland County. Why did you decide to attend the Hackley School?
Winston Britton: It’s like a 35- to 40-minute drive with the traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge. I always intended to leave the East Ramapo Central School District, it was just between a few Catholic schools in New Jersey or Hackley. The main reason is the education I would receive and did at Hackley was phenomenal and I’m really proud of my decision.
TJN: Of the three sports you play at Hackley – football, basketball, track and field – which is your first love and why?
WB: My first love is football. I’ve been playing since I was 5 – youth flag football. It’s always been a part of me. It taught me serious life lessons, in my opinion, like being a leader, being a good teammate, time management and community service. The sport ingrained important aspects in my life that continue to show. Football is definitely the most important sport to me.
TJN: When you were 5, why did you start playing football?
WB: My father played football for Union College. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2013 and he’s been an important role model in my life. I think I wanted to be just like him and the love of the game was derived from my dad. Once I started playing, I couldn’t stop. I love football. My dad was a wide receiver for Union College.
TJN: What position do you play?
WB: Wide receiver and cornerback.
TJN: Did you always want to follow in dad’s footsteps and play college ball or was it more of a recent development?
WB: It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to play at the next level, whether it is Division I or not, but lucky for me it’s looking like I might be playing Division I ball. My parents, especially my mother, have put the importance on education. I’ve never prioritized sports over my education. Coming into Hackley, it’s the same deal – the education comes first. But I’ve always wanted to play ball at the next level.
TJN: What do you want to study next year?
WB: I would like to double major in economics and political science because I would love to be a sports agent or an agent for any kind of talent.
TJN: When you’ve volunteered with Midnight Run, what have you enjoyed about your time as a leader for Hackley?
WB: That experience was unforgettable. The laughter you share, the smiles you give — the ability to give those who are not as fortunate as I am the things that will allow them to have food, shelter and the necessities that most of us take for granted, it was heartwarming.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.