Got word this morning that David Reader Sr., D.J. Reader’s dad, passed away last night and this a big blow/shock to the local sports community..
Our thoughts and prayers go out to D.J.((Grimsley/Clemson)) and his mom and this a big loss, because Mr. Reader was known throughout Greensboro and he was deeply involved with local sports….
Mr. Reader was great talker and he could talk sports and education all day long….Talked to him many hours over the years and he helped a lot of kids with tutoring programs and with sports training programs at the recreation level and beyond….
Mr. Reader would shoot you straight with the real story up front and he would not give you the watered-down version, in other words he told you how it was from the get-go and he would cut to the chase and let you know how things ought to really be….
He played high school football for the Richmond County Raiders and he was going on to play college football, but I think there was some type of injury and he never got to realize that college potential, but he had a dream and that dream was for his son to play ball on the college level and he was able to live and see that dream/dreams come true….
Mr. Reader coached and taught D.J. to have quick feet and soft hands and with those qualities and characteristics, D.J. Reader was able to excel in football, basketball and baseball at Grimsley High School and then go on to play football and baseball at Clemson University…D.J. has done an outstanding job on the Clemson University football team and dropped baseball after his freshman year so he could focus on football entirely…
Mr. Reader knew how to get the best out of his son and from the local/area kids and if you took a poll from the kids he worked with, those kids would tell you that they are much better off today for having worked with David Reader/Mr. Reader….
I always called him Mr. Reader and I have considered it an honor to call him a friend over the years, Mr. Reader/David Reader is being missed already and we will keep his family in our prayers….
If you get a chance, reach out to D.J. and his mom, they could really use your support at this time….
Mr. Reader, your time/work here is done, but I’ve got this sneaky feeling that you and D.J. will playing a few of those one-one-one basketball games again some day up in heaven and D.J. better look out, you’ve got John Wooden and some pretty good coaches up there working with you until you and D.J. get together again….
Bet the next time they meet and play that one-on-one game, it will be on a Carolina Blue court too and by that time Mr. Reader will probably have Dean Smith as his new teacher and coach…..Mr. Reader a huge North Carolina Tar Heel fan? Yes his second favorite team, next to the Clemson Tigers….
We remember David Reader Sr. today and again, please keep his family(D.J. and D.J.’s mom in your prayers.)
*****David Reader would have been in his early 50’s.*****