We wanted to share the article below with you, written about 2015 TFA graduate Fletcher Magee. This article will be running in a few publications around town in the coming weeks. We are so proud of Fletcher and we are thankful for the strong foundation provided by the Magee family which was fostered by the TFA community.
Fletcher Magee has won the hearts of basketball fans this March Madness season. In the opening round NCAA Tournament match-up of Wofford versus Seton Hall, Fletcher broke the NCAA all-time three-point record. He passed Steph Curry, JJ Redick, and surpassed Travis Bader’s record of 504. Wofford’s guard, Fletcher Magee, holds the record at 509.
Fletcher graduated from The First Academy in 2015 after attending for 13 years, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. During his time at The First Academy, Fletcher honed his skills on and off the court. Arden Magee, Fletcher’s mom, describes his experience at The First Academy: “His dad (Jerry) and I feel like The First Academy encircled Fletcher with coaches like Chris Mayberry who taught him about basketball but also about how to be a man. You can’t underestimate the power of a coach who influences your sons’ spiritual life. Coach Mayberry’s influence will never be erased. Every single coach we’ve had at The First Academy coaches the whole athlete. They take their influence seriously. They coach character and it makes an everlasting difference.”
Fletcher’s impressive character, built at home and nurtured at The First Academy, fit seamlessly with Wofford’s student-athlete profile – highly competitive aspirations with strong character foundation. Fletcher is majoring in Sociology at Wofford and aspires to play professional basketball, a dream he has held since childhood.
The First Academy Varsity Boys Head Coach, Chris Mayberry, reflects on his experience with Fletcher. “Fletcher is a young man full of class who has continued to improve his basketball game because of his high character, work ethic, and love for basketball. Fletcher’s faith in Christ is his steadiness. You will not find a better young man. I am extremely blessed to be part of his journey and am very proud of who he is and how he continues to grow on and off the court.”
As Wofford bowed out of the March Madness Tournament in a challenging game against Kentucky, Fletcher gained the spotlight again. This time, not for his impressive three-point shots, but rather for his unwavering fortitude in the face of competitive challenge. His competitive character was commended as one that should be ‘emulated’ for all.
The community of students, faculty, staff, and families at The First Academy has surrounded Fletcher and his family with support throughout his time at Wofford. Fletcher Magee has a lot of people in his corner who can’t wait to see what is up next for him, as a young man of character, a Christ-follower, and an athlete.