Fairland’s Grace Goins – Character Counts Presented by Grand Savings Bank

By Derrick Smith

There is a kind of satisfaction that a student athlete feels when they take their school to a place that it has never been before or return it after a long drought. Grace Goins enjoyed that feeling when she and her Fairland basketball teammates advanced in the postseason.

“Winning the district championship my freshman year was a big moment for me,” Goins said. “It was the first time in sixteen years that a Fairland girls basketball team enjoyed that. Getting the opportunity to contribute to that win was special.”

Goins, who is a sophomore, is also a member of the schools fastpitch softball, slowpitch softball, and track teams. She has enjoyed playing sports for as long as she can remember.

The amount of success that Grace has enjoyed has not come without sacrifice.

“There has been a lot of hard work,” she said. “It started out as my dad forcing me to go to the gym on days that I would want to rest, but I realized that in order to be good, I have to practice as much as I can, even if it’s just going to the gym for thirty minutes and shooting by myself.”

The influence of her dad is something that Grace is thankful for and knows makes her better. 

“He teaches me every day how to become a better athlete and a better person,” she said.

Grace says that her biology teacher is another person that has helped her become who she is today. 

“Ms. Shaw is my favorite teacher,” she said. “She challenges me to be a better student every time I walk into her class.”

Outside of athletics, Goins is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Gifted & Talented, and Student Council. She says her goal after high school is to attend college, hopefully on an athletic scholarship, and become a veterinarian.