Foundation Academy eighth-grader Reggie Jean won the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference shot put competition and will compete at the state meet at IMG Academy this month.
Reggie Jean is relatively new to shot put. The Foundation Academy eighth-grader only took up the sport this spring, but already he is making a name for himself. Jean won the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference Middle School Championship in the event and qualified for the middle-school state meet May 12 at IMG Academy. Jean has improved from throwing 37 feet to a personal best of 44 feet.
How long have you been doing shot put, and how did you get started?
This is my first time doing it. I went (to track) for the football workouts, and I did the shot put, too. I just enjoy doing it and competing.
What was it like to compete in some of the varsity meets for Foundation Academy?
It was tough, because they use a bigger ball, and it was hard to throw. The people I was throwing against were experienced and a lot older. It motivated me.
What is your routine before you throw at a meet?
I stretch my legs and arms.
What would you consider to be your main sport?
Basketball. I play center for the middle-school team. … I’m good in the post and at rebounding.
What do you like about playing team sports?
I like that I get to play with my friends and compete against other teams.
Who is your favorite basketball player?
I like LeBron James. I like how he can just power through the defense.
Are you excited about moving up to varsity football this fall?
Yeah, but it’s going to be tough because there are a bunch of grown men up there.
What do you like doing in your free time?
I like watching basketball and playing video games. … My favorite video game is “NBA 2K” — I like playing with the (Golden State) Warriors. I can shoot with whoever I want, and there’s a high-percentage chance of them making it.
If you could play a game of basketball at any arena, where would you choose to play?
The Staples Center, the Lakers’ arena.
What’s your favorite class?
I like science — Mrs. (Jessica) Sullivan is my teacher. I like learning about chemicals and stuff.
What do you want to do for a career?
I want to be an engineer.
What’s your go-to meal after practice?
Chipotle — I get a chicken bowl with everything.