Enid’s Keelah Williams: Female Athlete of the Month – Presented by Security National Bank

By Derrick Smith

There are times in life when things become stressful or we just want to get away for a bit. When those times come, we all have a place we like to go. Keelah Williams says that her place is on the softball field.

“The love for the game keeps me playing,” she said. “I love that when I step on the field every thing goes away; all my problems, everything. It’s my safe haven.”

Williams is a freshman at Enid High School. She is a member of the softball team, where she plays either shortstop, second base, or anywhere in the outfield.

This past season for Keelah went well, but it also had a few rough spots.

“I think this season went pretty well for me,” she said. “There were some tough times but I was able to overcome them and keep going.”

One of the rough patches that Keelah hit was that she had a tough time hitting at the bottom of the lineup.

“I was able to fix the issues that I was having and I was able to become one of the better hitters,” she said.

Enid softball coach Danielle Smith says that Keelah is a leader that is continually working.

“Keelah is a quiet leader who wants her teammates to succeed, on and off the field,” Coach Smith said. “She leads by example in the classroom, at practice, and on the field. She is a very smart and mature young student-athlete who is going to continue to grow and achieve great things in life.”

The biggest role model in Keelah’s life is a former teammate.

“Tori Jackson is very good at softball,” Williams said. “When she does something, she gives it her all and she is very passionate about softball.”

Keelah is also a volunteer with the Special Olympics. In the classroom, Keelah says her Spanish teacher is her favorite.

“Mr. Tarango has taught me how to really have fun and enjoy school,” she said.

Williams says to reach her goals and get where she is today, she had to put in the time and work. This mindset is what will continue to push her on through the rest of her high school career.

“For me to be successful, I really had to have determination and dedication for me to reach the goals,” she said.