Tyson Gay gives a message of encouragement WATCH | Tyson Gay addresses recent violence
WDKY - LEXINGTON, Ky. - Real Boys - Real Men leadership breakfast turned into a time for boys, ages 8 through 13, to hear motivational messages from various leaders in the community.
Olympian Tyson Gay was one of the speakers at Glen Arvin Church of Christ Saturday morning to share his message of hope. Gay lost his daughter, Trinity, after she was fatally shot outside of a Lexington restaurant in October.
"I've been depressed for weeks and I'm still pushing on. I'm still training hard. I'm still trying to be the best I can be, for my daughter," said Gay.
After the murder of his 15-year-old daughter, Gay has made it a goal to make a change in Lexington.
"It was the toughest thing I've been through in life and one thing I learned from that situation is to never give up," Gay added.
Four children have been killed in the last two months in Lexington.
"I really want us as a community and as a family to come together and I know it's going to be tough and I know it sounds good and a lot of these are words, but I think by having all these great men speak that that's a starting point," said Gay.
Other leaders reiterated the importance of walking away from violence and choosing to strive for greatness.
"The folks you associate with, what they say, how they act impacts you and your life going forward," said Anthany Beatty of UK Security.
"Your life and your legacy is going to be determined on the choices you make," said KHSAA's Julian Tackett.
And for Gay, being involved in crucial, he doesn't want to see children's lives taken too early.
"My daughter didn't get to make the Olympics. One thing she told me I hope I make it to the Olympics so I can get my father that medal that he needs. And she came up short. You know, her life was taken away early. I don't want to see any of these kids go through this or see these parents have to bury their kids," Gay said.
The next meeting will be January 16 and there are weekly planned events for Real Boys-Real Men. You can contact Coach Vaughn Little at for more information: Vaughn.Little@fayette.kyschools.us