A Most Inspirational Mom
Megan Marshall has been recognized locally for her hard work and dedication over the last few years in helping the Carbon County Boys and Girls Club start from an idea to helping the group expand in the community.
But now she's being recognized for something else. And it's on a much larger platform.
Marshall, president of the board with the local Boys and Girls Club, was one of three women recognized nationwide as being one of America's Most Inspirational Mom in a contest put on by the Boys and Girls Club of America in conjunction with the University of Phoenix.
Named as one of the 16 finalists earlier this year, Marshall said she never thought she would be one of the three selected for the award.
"I was honored to even make the finals of the contest," said Marshall. "But when I was told that I was one of the award winners, I regressed to being a little girl running around, shouting and jumping around."
The unique award was spearheaded by Lucille O'Neal, the mother of famous NBA player Shaquille O'Neal. Over the years, the contest searched for one inspirational mother. Since then, it has expanded to finding three mothers. The award looks for mothers who are doing extraordinary things while inspiring their families as a role model as well as having an impact on her children and the community.
As a winner of the contest, Marshall received a full tuition scholarship to go to school at the University of Phoenix. Marshall said she plans to take online classes as soon as possible studying business management with an emphasis in finance.
In addition to working with the Boys and Girls Club, Marshall maintains a full-time job at Sutherlands. She also keeps very busy at home with her husband, Jason, and two kids, Johnathon, 7, and Addison, 1.
As one of the award winners, Marshall said she was traveling to New York City this week for a full round of radio and television interviews along with the other award winners. With being named one of the most inspirational moms and getting to visit New York City for the first time, Marshall said she can't help but look back at how much of an impact the Boys and Girls Club has had on her life.
"That club has had so much of a positive influence on my life since I was a child," she said.
Marshall is hoping that kids involved in the club now will see that despite living in a smaller community, people can do great things through hard work and a drive to succeed in life.
"Hopefully the kids involved with the club can see that I started out in the same place as they did and that if they believe in themselves, they can do great things in life," she said.
Late last year, the local Boys and Girls Club was able to get their own space located at 130 North and 200 East in Price thanks to help from an investment company from Salt Lake City that helped purchase the building.
"To walk into that building, it's special knowing how hard a lot of people have worked to make this happen," she said. "Things are continuing to grow for the club and its been great to see the kids getting really involved helping out."
The club is averaging a daily attendance of about 15 to 20 kids per day, said Marshall. Currently there are over 40 kids that have registered with the club.
While there is still plenty of work to be done with the club, Marshall said she is excited for the future with the new building and working to help get others in the community excited about the local club.
Being recognized as an inspirational mother on a nationwide basis is something that Marshall said she is extremely proud of even if it still feels like a dream at times.
"Everything hasn't sunk in just yet," she said with a laugh.