Wayne Scott: A Life Changed

Wayne Scott regrets dropping out of school and turning to a life of selling drugs. When his cousin died in 2007, he decided to turn his life around.

Written by: Anthony Machcinski
Video by: Ken Bruggeman
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Wayne Scott remembers sprinting down North Pershing Avenue and seeing his cousin, Ricardo “Boo” Banks, lying on the ground.

That night, August 31, 2007, Wayne walked home knowing he lost his cousin and that he needed a change.

“I was doing more dirt than he was,” says Wayne, then 23. “I thought, ‘How could a good guy like him be taken away while a guy like me is still here. If I keep this up, I’m going to be next or I’m going to spend the rest of my life in prison.’”

Wayne Scott sits on a bridge near his childhood home on North Pershing Avenue in York. It was outside that home where his best friend, Juan Miguel Shaw, died from a gunshot wound in 2002. The home is up the road from Williams Park, where his cousin Ricardo Banks was shot in 2007. (Photo by Ken Bruggeman/Our York Media)

Wayne was in the drug scene well before Ricardo’s death.

His best friend, Juan Miguel Shaw, died in front of his house in 2002 from a gunshot to the stomach. A few months later, Wayne was shot in the same spot as Juan but survived.

In late 2003, Wayne spent some time in the county jail. He went home for five days in 2004 before he was arrested again. This time, he served two years in the state penitentiary.

“I regret all of it,” says Wayne, now 35. “If I could do it all over, I wouldn’t be in the streets.”

Wayne Scott says his purpose is to help "the young guys not make the same mistakes" as he did. He uses sports as an outlet to assist children in the community. (Photo by Ken Bruggeman/Our York Media)

Ricardo’s death motivated Wayne to get out of drugs.

He moved to Springettsbury Township, keeping him away from the neighborhood he was raised in, which helped him start to get his life in the right direction.

“I had to do everything to get my mind right,” Wayne says. “I was limiting myself. I’m older now, but I wasted all those years.”

Sports, he says, is a major outlet in the community.

In 2011, he started the Trey and Boo Classic, an annual city basketball showcase that honors Ricardo and another deceased York High alum, Trey McCanic. He is also the assistant director and youth basketball coach with Boys Club of York and a member of the York Bears Youth Football Organization.

“I just try to look out for our inner-city kids as much as possible,” he says. “I know what not being able to play sports did to me.”

Every year, he signs up children from the city to play sports and raises money for them to play.

“You can’t just sit in the house and complain about things in the community but not try to make a difference,” Wayne says. “I feel like my purpose now is to help people, talk to kids, and try my best to help the young guys not make the same mistakes as I did. You can’t change everything, but if people do things together, we can make a difference.”

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