Greenwood’s Hayden Harwood poses with family, friends and coaches Tuesday after signing his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Milligan (Tennessee) College. Front, from left: mother, Melissa Harwood; Hayden Harwood and father, Brian Harwood. Back: sister, Halle Harwood; grandmother, Carol Price; friend, Robby Bentley; sister, Holland Harwood, and Greenwood baseball coach Joel Vaughn. Not pictured: sister, Hannah Harwood. 
(Scott Chancey | Index-Journal)
Greenwood’s Hayden Harwood poses with family, friends and coaches Tuesday after signing his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Milligan (Tennessee) College. Front, from left: mother, Melissa Harwood; Hayden Harwood and father, Brian Harwood. Back: sister, Halle Harwood; grandmother, Carol Price; friend, Robby Bentley; sister, Holland Harwood, and Greenwood baseball coach Joel Vaughn. Not pictured: sister, Hannah Harwood.  (Scott Chancey | Index-Journal)
Hayden Harwood, from the time he began T-Ball at age 3, has always wanted to improve what he was doing.
So much so, before the Greenwood High School graduate signed his National Letter of Intent Tuesday to play baseball at Milligan (Tennessee) College, he practiced his signature.


Not just once.
“I practiced my signature last night,” Harwood said Tuesday. “And, yesterday morning, and the day before.”
Actually signing the scholarship -- for both academics and athletics -- at the ceremony is hardly done these days. More often than not, the letter has already been signed and faxed to the colleges, and it’s a blank sheet of paper the athlete is actually signing.