The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | October 3, 2013
"You can't change the cards you were dealt (in life), you can only change the way you play them.
"Profound and inspirational words from an 18-year-old young man who not long ago was headed down the wrong path. RaShaan Allen was hanging around with the wrong crowd, getting into trouble and failing in school when he decided to change the way he was playing his hand. That change of course led him to the West Wing of the White House in September, where he received a hand shake and congratulations from President Barack Obama for outstanding achievement.
Allen, son of Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Singer, the patient administration noncommissioned officer for Recruiting Command Soldier and Family assistance branch located at Fort Knox, was one of the six finalists for the Boys and Girls Club of America Youth of the Year, all of whom were invited to the White House Sept. 18 after the final judging for the national title in Washington, D.C.