The head of our Charlotte office and Vice President and Business Development Manager, Chris Kenny was featured in the Charlotte Observer on April 18 heading into the NFL Draft.
One of the draft’s prospects, Harvard graduate Zack Hodges, came from the Charlotte area and, despite so much hardship leading up to draft day, defied the odds to make his NFL dream a reality. Our Chris Kenny was a big part of that.
Hodges’ father, a professional boxer, died when he was 1. His grandfather, who became a positive influence, passed away when Hodges was 14. And for a few stretches when Hodges was a teenager, he and his mother had nowhere to live in Charlotte. But in September 2008, his mother Barbara Wright died at 48 after a massive stroke.
It was Chris and his wife, Yovonne, who lived down the street from Hodges, who became like family to Zack, both before his mother passed on and after. They were home one weekend when Hodges knocked on the door and asked to mow their lawn. Chris had just cut it but told Hodges to come back the next week.
Kenny says Hodges didn’t show up at the agreed-upon time but was at his door shortly after sunrise two weeks later to cut the Kennys’ grass for $20.
His mother later came down to inspect her son’s work. “Well, aren’t you going to rake it?” Wright asked him.
The yard work led to a close bond between Hodges and the Kennys, who would host him and his mother for holiday dinners. Other times Hodges would drop by to help Chris install hardwood floors or hang out while Yovonne called businesses for her job with the Yellow Pages.
The Kennys have remained incredibly close with Hodges ever since and recently watched him graduate from Harvard. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts after the completion of the 2015 NFL Draft. To read the full story in the Charlotte Observer click here.