Kevin Noel inducted to athletic hall of fame


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Kevin Noel talks on a panel during athletic hall of fame assembly.

Emma Dram, Staff Writer

Q: How do you feel about being inducted into the athletics hall of fame?

A: I think it’s amazing. I’ll be 40 in a few months. So just knowing that your peers and coaches haven’t forgotten about you and remember your accomplishments is always a blessing. It’s a cool feeling. When you’re in the moment and you’re in high school and you’re playing, you never think about any of these things, that you’ll be recognized for it.

Q: Were there any lessons you learned from your career that you’d like to share with students today?

A: Definitely take advantage of your offseasons. Focus on all your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. That will definitely separate you from the rest of the crowd.

Q: What was the highlight of your experience at Central or what are you most proud of?

A: I would say winning state in my junior year in football in 1999, and also finishing second in the state meet in the 110M High Hurdles. Even though I wanted to finish first, just being able to represent [my] school at the state meet was awesome.

Q: How has your time as an athlete helped your life beyond your Naperville Central experience?

A: A lot of the attributes that athletes have, recruiters and bosses look for. Determination, work ethic, commitment – these are all things that, when you’re an athlete, you have. [These] will carry you through your career once you’re done playing sports.

Q: What message or advice do you have for our current students?

A: I would say live in the moment. I think a lot of kids really focus on what they’re going to do after high school, but live in the moment and really enjoy this. This is really the best time of your life, so enjoy the moment and continue working hard and just let them let the chips fall where they may. 

Q: Anything you would like to add?

A: This is just a blessing and like I said before, play the sports you love, do the best you can, and try to excel at it. I’m just happy and blessed to be here.