Giving Back to the Community

By Elisabeth Stephenson

mattue2Outstanding, amazing, and smart are just some the words that have been used to describe Matthue Cotton. Standing at 6’5″ Cotton does not fall short of any of these accolades. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cotton was welcomed by an older brother, Markus, and parents Constance and Stacey. Constance is retired from the United States Army and is a veteran of the Iraqi war. Stacey works for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Weighing in at 185lbs, Cotton is now a force to be reckoned with as he begins his junior year at Saint Benedicts Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. The Gray Bees have welcomed Cotton with open arms. He is going to be a great asset to the nationally ranked powerhouse.

Assistant Coach Art Pierson says of Cotton, he is “an outstanding young man who also happens to be an amazing player, which we are overjoyed to have the opportunity to coach.”

Named Most Outstanding Player at the Hoop Group Academic Elite 2016, Most Valuable Player by Tip Off Classic 2015, and being selected for Philadelphia’s All City Classic game two years in a row, Cotton’s basketball career is nothing short of exceptional.

mattue1On and off the court he plays to win. Cotton is a Honor Roll student and was the recipient of the Academic Excellence and Most Valuable Player awards by Best Athletic Association at the 2015 Holiday Invitational. Cotton received a Certificate of Merit for Geometry and Spanish in his sophomore year, and was also chosen to represent his sophomore class at a prestigious oratorical event.

In addition, Cotton is charitable with his time. He often puts his love for the game on hold to be able to give back to the community. Volunteering at a teen shelter, feeding the homeless, and reading his donated books to children at a day care center, are just a few of his off-court achievements.

His mother describes him as, “One of the most compassionate males I know.” Cotton says, “I love the feeling of helping others and seeing how one small thing can make a difference” Cotton wishes that he can spend more time with family, but he understands that he has a job to do. Cotton’s basketball career has just begun to take off. With his strong support from loved ones, coaching staff, and the community Cotton’s career is sure to soar as high as his grade point average.