Derek Claros

About Our Athletes

Rolling with Derek Claros

AAASP:

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Derek:
I was Born  in Long Island, NY – June 28, 2000.  Both of my parents are originally from El Salvador;  we moved to GA in 2006, in seek of better Doctors for me.   I  have a younger sister and an older brother — and I am  very family – oriented — and a Die Hard soccer fan!   (Real Madrid CF )

AAASP:
Where do you go to school?

Derek:
I’m currently in 11th Grade, Meadowcreek High School  (My favorite class is psychology.)
I am truly blessed by the overwhelming support I get from my peers, teachers and principals @ MHS  who attend games regularly.  My Principal Dr Welch is GA principal of the year, & constantly supports the Gwinnett Heat.

AAASP:
11th Grade… Are you looking at colleges?

Derek:
Yes I aspire to attend a  university where I can major in sports broadcasting and continue playing Wheelchair Basketball so the University of Alabama seems to fit the bill.

AAASP:
How did you find out about AAASP?

Derek:
My Mother is a social worker and regional coordinator for Parents to Parents of GA, so I got involved thanks to her.

AAASP:
How long have you been playing sports?

Derek:
I have been playing for AAASP for the 6 years with the Gwinnett Heat (through Gwinnett County Public Schools.)
I have also done Special Olympic Swimming and amputee soccer both for 2 yrs.

AAASP:
What sports do you play?  Which is your favorite?

Derek:
I currently play all 3 sports Handball , Basketball and Football. My Favorite is most definitely Basketball because it’s played internationally and it’s the most enjoyable .

AAASP:
How have things changed since you’ve been playing sports— from your perspective?

Derek:
I think I have matured immensely not only as a player but as a person , also gaining self confidence and optimism , positive popularity and constant praise and achievements,as well as better grades, due
to my participation in athletics.

AAASP:
What about from your parents’ perspective?

Derek:
They really emphasize  the  drastic change in my self image & overall outlook on life  through my  attitude and actions especially, incorporating moral & ethical values  and principles I obtain on the court and using them at home  like Discipline , Determination , patience , commitment , teamwork etc

AAASP:
Who is your Coach?

Derek:
My head Coach is Len Bordeaux  my other coaches are Dain Weigle and Lynette Swanson

AAASP:
Why should others participate in AAASP?

Derek:
It is life – changing , just like any other discipline playing sports is a gateway to greater  things. “( Media attention , Popularity and positive  flatter and overall greater sense of appreciation/ belonging  in society . Thanks to sports I have been able to do many  things , meet many and  live much happier.

AAASP:
What was your favorite sports memory to date?

Derek:
Our  1st basketball  game of this past season Vs West Georgia where I scored 18 pts and a last second free throw  to end up going to 3 Overtimes and we  won the game 28-27 after almost 3 hrs of play

AAASP:
What is one thing you’d like to share with others about playing sports?

Derek:
Just the feeling of  representing something bigger than yourself weekly & having the admiration/enthusiasm  of others is just priceless playing sports is something you just can’t overlook

AAASP:
Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Derek:
Cristiano Ronaldo because he is such a humanitarian athlete and some one I admire do to his Work ethic , discipline , Perseverance   and superb athleticism/   technical ability 1. World’s most charitable athlete 2. World’s Fittest athlete 3.world’s  Richest athlete simply the best footballer & athlete  on the planet p.s I got a room makeover I have all his posters etc

Check out Derek in this video:

http://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/schools/archer/meadowcreek-s-clarous-powers-gwinnett-heat-to-season-opening-handball/article_eab0ab39-94a8-5edb-a500-d959e63f1ce2.html

 

2017 AAASP Area Coordinator Meeting

AAASP held its annual Area Coordinator’s meeting on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm at Gwinnett County Public School’s Instructional Support Center (ISC) in Suwanee, GA Agenda items discussed included the following: Association Updates; 2017-18 Athletics Calendar; State Championships Hosts; Policy Updates; and other miscellaneous discussions. Policy updates included a new divisional policy whereby teams will complete a player profile for each of their student athletes, as well as a team profile, to aid the Association in placing them in the appropriate divisions. Also included was a new forfeiture policy, as it relates to regular and post-season games. AAASP would like to give a shout out to Mike Phillips, Area Coordinator for the Gwinnett HEAT, as well as Jon Weyher, Athletic Director for GCPS, to thank them for the meeting space and lunch that was provided to the A/C’s and AAASP staff.