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Demaurez Bellamy: Once homeless, graduating DeLand senior’s future looks brighter

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Once homeless, graduating DeLand senior’s future looks brighter

By Chris Boyle 

Posted May 28, 2019 at 7:37 PMUpdated May 28, 2019 at 7:39 PM   

Demaurez Bellamy is set to graduate from DeLand High School on Wednesday night with honors and depart for the University of South Florida on a football scholarship.

The world appears to be in the palm of his hands.

Like a lot of graduates, he dreams of a time when he can guarantee financial security for future generations in his family, never wanting any of his loved ones to struggle.

“It’s bigger than myself. I can’t really think about myself,” Bellamy said. “If I make it, it’s generation money, stability and having a real foundation.”

Stable footing has been hard to find for Bellamy in his four-year high school tenure. He attended three different schools, his living arrangements shuffling on a sometimes weekly basis while he bounced between homes of parents, relatives, coaches, teachers and friends.

On some occasions, he had nowhere to stay at all — sleeping outside on a bench or on a lounge chair at the pool deck of a nearby apartment complex.

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“When I get to USF, this is going to be the first bed I’ve had in three years,” Bellamy said.

 

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Thanks for posting Brad. My weekly views of TBT articles were up since they moved to a paywall...feel like I am in 1975 USSR waiting in line for toilet paper. 

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Perseverance 

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Wow , just wow.

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Loved this kids film and now I love him as a person. Nothing is better than watching USF change the lives of kids like him for the the better. I hope he kills it at USF on and off the field 

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Wonderful, go do GREAT things young man.

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I've often wondered if I was a multi millionaire, why would I give millions to a Universities Athletic department instead of helping sick kids or something similar.   This story (and I'm sure it's more common then you think) would help me justify it somewhat. 

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Collegiate sports helps tens of thousands.  You’re just subjected to the “making millions off their backs” false argument.  

I’m in this cat’s corner.  

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Absolutely a fantastic story and safe to say we are all rooting for the kid to make it.

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