Hometown pride, worthy of highlighting, is our June feature. Adam Hecox, he bleeds red and white and is proud of it.
Hecox, 35, is a native of Mansfield. He and his wife, Megan have three children: Lita, Raine, and Alex.
The artistic Tiger fan has spent many hours volunteering his time. From coaching to painting murals, Hecox has left his mark. “I wasn’t a great athlete by far and I didn’t do any sports other than football and track. Myself along with my friends, Billy Warren and Jonathan Irvin, were brothers on and off the field. We gave our everything to be Tiger football players. The years I did suit up in that red and white uniform, created a kind of life long tattoo inside of me. I take pride in being a Mansfield Tiger no matter how good or bad things get.”
He credits his family and coach for modeling these traits. His parents raised him to work hard and to take pride in a job well-done. “My mom taught me humility and kindness. My dad taught me the difference in good pride and arrogance. Dad would always tell me ‘you may not have much, but if you take care of what you do have, you’ll always have enough.”
He took what his parents taught him and coupled that with the teachings of then football Coach John Mackey. “Before Coach Mackey was a superstar track coach, he was a great football coach and mentor for many young men, including myself. He had no problem being hard on us because, even though we didn’t know it at the time, he knew being disciplined in
Hecox has quietly given back to his beloved school and town. He was the talent behind the mural on the car wash, located beside the Dollar General
More recently, Hecox completed a mural on the football locker room at the new high school. “Since then things have exploded opportunity wise. I think I’ve completed four projects so far and still have four confirmed projects to do this summer. I love it too! Megan and the kids are a huge help and they support what I try to do. I couldn’t do any of this without
He has left far more of a mark on the lives of area youth. He has worked with kids in little league football, basketball, Boy Scouts and Sunday School. He has now begun working with youth outside the Mansfield area, assisting with the
Seeing the future of school pride continue is important to Hecox. He says it’s important to him for his children and their friends to be able to tell people where they are from with pride. “I see towns our size and smaller with school spirit oozing out of every business and household. We were once like that, but it seemingly diminished over time. I stepped up because I had the time, due to my work schedule. If a little paint here
Hecox plans to continue nursing that pride with his family by his side. His spouse, according to him, is his “tag team partner” and that he wouldn’t be
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