Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Douglass High junior Kelly Broadus is a team player who also excels in an individual sport and has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“Kelly has been competing at a high level in cross country since his freshman year,” said Douglass’ coach Pierre Brooks. “He’s a very hard worker and is just as talented on the basketball court. We expect him to start at guard this season.”
Making the transition from running in the woods to running on the hardwood is a common occurrence in the PSL. A lot of cross country competitors are basketball players pushing themselves to get in shape.
Broadus is no different, except for the fact that he’s unbeaten this season on the 5,000-meter course at Belle Isle and has showed steady improvement in each of the four races he’s won.
“This summer he dedicated himself to build his stamina and it has paid off,” Brooks said. “He recently ran his best time – 17:38 – and is seeking to improve his time to go under 17 flat. “
Broadus competed his first two seasons at King High, where Brooks formerly coached basketball and cross country.
“His first two years he would come in second place overall but he could never get over the hump to beat the young man (three-time PSL champion Juan Flores) from Western,’’ Brooks said.
This year, Broadus has emerged the favorite to win the PSL boys’ cross country gold medal and has graced the Hurricanes with the same sunny disposition his coach has always appreciated.
“Kelly keeps a smile on his face and is a pleasure to be around,” Brooks said.
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators