“We’ve always been servers, we’ve always been people people,” she said. “It’s just what we do. [The plaques] kind of fall in line with that. It’s not just about trying to make our restaurant big. I would do this even if the restaurant didn’t do one thing, because this is the core of who the Nickersons are.”
The first of what promises to be a long line of plaques bears the name of Erica Roberson, Nickerson’s niece. Roberson, a Mineral Wells High School graduate in 2004 and track star, coaches freshman girls basketball at MWHS and is pursuing a second masters degree in education with principal certification from Tarleton State University.
Roberson’s plaque will be on display in the restaurant beginning Dec. 1.
“We’re so proud of her,” Nickerson said. “Coach [Jackie] Harvey kind of took her under his wing. It’s all about taking somebody under your wing and teaching them and training them.”
Having spent a lot of time in street ministry as an ordained minister, Nickerson hopes that stories like Roberson’s will inspire even more people in the community to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness.
“My core belief is to get started on something,” Nickerson said. “The word ‘pass’ is used [in the award title] because it’s someone that ‘goes about freely.’ They don’t stand there and ask for handouts. They say, ‘I’m going to go get it, I’m going to bring it back and I’m going to let people know that it’s doable.’ We just want to be the point of reference where you can see that.
“My belief is if we’re going to change the dynamics in this county, from handouts to a hand up, we’ve got to show people that there are people that have come through hand have done well. This is what this is all about.
“You can do it. There are no hinderances.”