Melissa "The Missile" Wright - Gurley, Alabama
Melissa was born and raised in Fayetteville, TN. While she currently makes her home in Huntsville, AL, her heart will always be in Tennessee. She is an avid Vols fan smack dab in the middle of the Alabama/Auburn rivalry.
Growing up she played basketball, softball, golf, and anything else that involved competition. Heart and desire came naturally for her; when she set a goal she was willing to work as hard as she could to accomplish it. She competed for 6 years in the Elks Hoop Shoot, a free throw competition, successfully making her way up the ranks to the national level for two consecutive years. That made competing in the ADO Nationals in 2016 all the more special; having done so in two different sports.
After graduating from Lincoln County High School with honors, she attended Motlow State Community College on an academic scholarship and graduated 2 years later with an Associate of Science degree. She was a store manager for Hibbett Sports while attending Motlow but soon realized she didn't want to spend nights and holidays away from her family. This decision led her to a defense contractor in Huntsville where she started at the bottom as a receptionist. She soon began learning about the field of Security and the role she could play in missile defense that could contribute to the Warfighter. A very patriotic person, she has now accumulated 14 years of experience in the field and is very proud to play a small role in protecting the men and women who protect our freedom.
Melissa was introduced to darts around age 21 but was never able to dedicate herself to the sport. She received her BA from Columbia College after many nights of school while working full time. During the summer of 2015 she realized that her life was finally in a place where she could make a "dart run". On August 1 she made a conscious decision to dedicate her time, money, and effort into seeing where darts could take her. She has a passion for the game that stems from the competition, the logic, the challenge, and of course the people.
When she isn't traveling to a dart tournament, she enjoys relaxing by the pool with family and friends, taking care of her 4-legged children, and woodworking.
Melissa's Walk on Song
Carrie Underwood - Crazy Dreams