— When it comes to successful athletic and academic families in Hendricks County, the Griffins of Avon, parented by Clark and Julie, have to be among the more notable in its history.
The Griffins’ oldest daughter, Katie, just wrapped up her volleyball career at Purdue and is finishing up her student teaching prior to graduation. Oldest son Kendall is a junior at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, where he’s a key cog on the men’s basketball team. And after winning back-to-back volleyball state titles and the Class 4A Mental Attitude Award, younger daughter Rachel will be off to Indiana State in the fall to continue her playing career.
All have stood out in sports, in the classroom and to the people who meet them.
“While it’s exciting for our kids to excel athletically, it’s more important to us that they excel academically and most importantly be good people and express God’s love and kindness toward others,” Clark said. “Leadership is a focus in our household. We want our kids to lead by example and be good teammates.
Katie led the way for her sister and brothers (in addition to Kendall, younger brother Andrew is a sophomore athlete at Avon). A 2009 AHS grad, she helped the Orioles to four regional appearances. At Purdue, the Boilermakers went to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years of eligibility.
“That was a great experience,” Katie said of the tourney trips. “Selection Sunday is awesome, then the travel, preparing for a team that you’ve probably never seen, the gear you get, everything.”
At last month’s team banquet, Katie was presented the Carol Dewey Award, which the Boilers vote on to choose the one who “best exemplifies the positive image represented by Purdue volleyball.”
“That was really cool to receive because it means that my teammates really respected me and cared about how I went about my business,” Katie said.