On the court and in the classroom, Greg Melvin was looking for more. At Cape Henry Collegiate, that is exactly what he found.
Greg first visited Cape Henry to explore the possibility of enrolling as a sophomore and joining the legacy of the Dolphin basketball program.
“I knew that Cape Henry had a really solid basketball program but I didn’t really know much about the academics when I visited,” Greg explained.
Greg said he quickly realized that his initial interest in being part of the athletic program at Cape Henry would be a fraction of what he would gain from the experience of making the move to CHC. Ultimately, Greg decided to reclass and enroll at Cape Henry as a freshman.
“It wasn’t a hard decision. I saw how much I could grow and learn while I was here and I wanted to be all in.”
Throughout his four years at Cape Henry, Greg has committed himself to being all in. He expresses tremendous gratitude to teachers like Mr. Bryan Rudolph, Mrs. Trish Zimmerman, Mr. Chris Souther, and Mrs. Kim Johnson. Greg felt these teachers cared about him as an individual and that he could always go to them for support.
Support was also something Greg consistently offered to others. You could often find him on the sidelines of athletic events cheering on teams from Middle School to varsity. Community members throughout Cape Henry appreciated the impact of his presence.
Greg is also appreciative of the support of peers like George, CJ, and Josh, who served as teammates both on and off the basketball court. While he is proud of the long hours he spent on the hardwood working on his game, he is equally proud of his growth as a scholar. Greg cites his improvement in reading and writing skills and the measurable growth he made on the SAT as some of his biggest accomplishments so far.
Outside the halls of Cape Henry, Greg found support from his family. He is especially appreciative of his mom and sister, who he describes as “always supportive and very opinionated.”
Recognized as an elite athlete in Hampton Roads, Greg considered continuing his basketball and academic career at Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, and Virginia Military Institute. Ultimately, he decided to head west.
“I have family in California and with the NCAA rule changes and the transfer portal numbers due to COVID, I decided to attend a junior college to work on my basketball game and then transfer,” Greg said.
Though his high school athletic experience was disrupted by the pandemic, Greg sees the experience as another opportunity for learning and growth.
“It was challenging but I put my faith in God and just kept working.”
Greg’s work ethic coupled with his natural talent and determination will undoubtedly help him to continue to grow as a student, an athlete, and a young man. He leaves a legacy on our campus of supporting others and appreciating every experience. He has truly been an example of someone who is all in.