Hitchcock Independent School District did well in deciding to honor Michael Sam, a Hitchcock graduate who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams of the NFL.
Sam might be the most famous seventh-round pick in the history of the game. The reason, of course, is that Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted.
When Mike Evans, a Ball High graduate was drafted in the first round, the Galveston school district immediately declared it Mike Evans Day. City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce issued statements marking the day. Everyone seemed to take pride in an hometown hero’s accomplishments.
In Hitchcock, the recognition came a bit slower — but it came. And that’s a good thing.
For many people, this is new ground; and there have been some tentative, uncertain steps along the way. There was talk of a documentary series on the Oprah Winfrey Network before Sam decided to do what most young people do when starting out on a career — focus on the job.
The main thing is that Sam is being honored. He is worthy of that honor. Very few athletes do what Sam has done, and his achievement should be recognized here in Galveston County.
Want to celebrate? Michael Sam Day is June 2. You can join in by wearing the colors Sam has worn — or will wear — on the field: Red and white for the Hitchcock Bulldogs, black and gold for the Missouri Tigers or blue and gold for the Rams.