LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –Meet Cordell, he's a student athlete who plays four different sports and already has big plans for the future.
Intelligent, articulate and athletically gifted, Cordell seems to have it all. There's just one thing he's missing…a family to call his own.
"I've been to every single shelter in Oklahoma. I've been to almost five different foster homes. I've been to like 60 different places overall, and I never get a chance," Cordell said. "Never get a place to sit down. Never get a place to settle up."
Even with all he's endured, Cordell is determined to succeed. He's enrolled in AP courses at his high school and plans to attend Kansas State University for nuclear engineering. If that doesn't tell you how focused he is, just listen to his plans for retirement.
"Right now I've been working for like four to five months now and I have $1,000 saved up. I took 50 percent of it, $500, and I put it in a fidelity fund," he said. "If all goes well, from what I have right now, $500 at 16 years old, if I put in $50 every week, I should end up with $7.8 million when I retire at 45."
At the age of 16, he's also working to purchase his own car.
"Just one that runs. I'm not picky. I just want a truck. One that I can get out of a junkyard and fix up myself," Cordell said.
In his spare time, Cordell also enjoys playing pool, chess, checkers and board games. He can also finish a Rubix cube in a matter of seconds.
"I'm not a person that you can fit under a stereotype. I'm the type of person that you would have to see to understand. To be able to get along with," Cordell said.
Over the years, Cordell says he has learned to support himself, but he's not giving up hope on being adopted.
"Just anyone that will take me. I think it's a way out. That's what I think it is. I think it's an opportunity for me to further myself more than I can in the system," Cordell said.
If you would like to learn more about Cordell, call 580-250-3700 Ext. 3715 to speak with a real person who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.