By Joe Fisher
Life is an unexpected journey of trials and tribulations. When people like to express that they have it rough they say, “Walk a mile in my shoes.” But be careful who you say that to, especially around 5th-year senior Miles Green.
“I was adopted straight out of the womb,” says Green. Months before Miles was born, his mother was able to choose the parents that he would get adopted by. “My mother had me when she was 17 with her boyfriend. They decided that they weren’t ready for a child.”
Miles was adopted by two very loving parents. He considers himself lucky now. “When I was younger I had a void to fill, because I didn’t think I was good enough for some reason. Looking back on it now, it was better this way because the family I got was super amazing.”
Green grew up in the state of Maryland. His family started out in Silver Spring then moved twenty minutes down the road to Potomac for better academic opportunities. He would go on to attend Thomas Wooten High School. “Wooten was 35% Asian and 15% Jewish, everybody there was very preppy and judgmental,” said Green. “They all felt entitled to something.” He was able to get away from it all with football. He dedicated himself and performed very well. So well in fact he would receive attention from Division-1 Schools.
His high school coach went to UVA where he played under Coach Mike London. He convinced him to come see Miles play in a 7-on-7 tournament. Coach London was impressed enough to invite him down to a camp so he could see him play in front of all the UVA coaching staff. After the camp, London offered him a scholarship to come play football at UVA. There was only one thing that Green had to do though, finish with a 3.0 GPA at the end of his first semester of his senior year.
“Being the cocky kid that I was, I didn’t think he would actually pull the scholarship,” said Green. “I just went through school not worrying about it.” Miles received a call at the end of the semester from Coach London informing him that he didn’t meet the GPA requirement and pulled his scholarship.
At this point, his collegiate career in football was in jeopardy before it even started. There was only one other school that would give him the opportunity, and that was Shenandoah university.
“I came on a regular day visit to see Coach Yoder, we toured campus and watched a lacrosse game. At the end of the day, he offered me a roster spot.” The rest is history.
Miles Green is set to graduate at the end of the year with a degree in Media & Communications. The path wasn’t easy but he is going into field that his hero was a part of, his adoptive father.
“My father is the greatest person ever, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.”