ANAMOSA — Who is Tate Little?
You may not know Little personally, but chances are you’ve heard of him.
Tate Little is a 15-year-old sophomore at Anamosa High School who was in serious car accident on Sept. 19. In the weeks following the accident, many saw a sea of green at many sporting events in the surrounding areas. A Go Fund Me page was set up and raised thousands of dollars to help the Little family.
The accident made news and many wanted updates on Little’s progress, but no one mentioned who Tate Little really is.
Anamosa student Andrew Morris said his good friend thrives as an athlete, but also is a great student and friend. Little has received many honors for his academics and ranks in the 96th-99th percentile on the Iowa Assessments.
“He’s a great leader on and off the field,” Morris said. “He always pushes people to be the best they can.”
Morris noted several times how much Little cares about his grades and being the best.
“He’s always pushing himself to be best,” Morris said. “He wants a very good future, so he is always trying 100 percent in the classroom.”
Football is a huge part of Little’s life. He loved being No. 5 out on the field.
“Tate is a very good football player and athlete in general,” Raiders assistant football coach Caleb Huss said. “He works super hard, was always in the weight room, never missed anything, helped other players get better and is a great teammate.”
One of Huss’ favorite things about Little was when he would come to practice 20 minutes early just to hang out.
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“Tate is a fun, goofy, happy-go-lucky kind of guy,” Huss said. “He’s a super hard-worker and is dedicated to what he sets out to do. Tate is a great teammate and classmate and constantly looks out for other people.
“Any coach would love to have a team full of guys like Tate.”
Little has a contagious smile and could light up any room he walked into. He has a long road to recovery, but he’ll never be fighting alone.
Tough people win.