Obstacles part of life
Hodges overcame a lot, compared to most teens, even before her accident.
Her father died when she was 2 and the Ardmore native was raised by her grandparents. Her mother died when Hodges was a freshman at Ardmore High, and the grandmother who raised her was diagnosed with cancer when Hodges was a senior.
“It wasn’t too hard, because my grandparents made it easy for me. They did anything any parents would do. My granddad would throw ball with me and time me to see how long it took me to run around the house,” remembers Hodges. “My grandparents attended every game except when my grandmother that raised me got lung cancer and didn’t get to come to a single game.”
With all that she has been through, Hodges said the decision to play softball at a nearby college was easy when Calhoun offered.
“If I was going to go to a junior college, it was going to be here. Coach Keenum made that decision easier,” she said.
Hodges will graduate later this month in general studies and plans to pursue a business management degree.