Excited, nervous, overwhelmed, relieved, grateful, blessed. I remember those feelings like it happened yesterday. On May 20, 2017 an email came through to my phone that would change my life forever. It read, “I am delighted to inform you that you have been selected to the Victory Scholar Program 2017-2018…” I didn’t even bother to read the rest of the email, I immediately dialed my mother’s number to inform her of the great news. As I stood there watching my best friend walk into her graduation ceremony I shouted four words into the phone, “Mommy I got accepted!!!”
For a few seconds there was complete silence on the phone. I could hear her crying. She then uttered the words “Tiffany I am so proud of you.” My heart was beating uncontrollably and I couldn’t help but to smile for the rest of the day. You may think that I’m over exaggerating but see, where I come from opportunities like this don’t happen. Getting into the Victory Scholar program wasn’t for me but for my family and community. I wanted the young people in the community to see that hard work does pay off. After everything that I’ve been through, I was finally going to be able to give back to the game that means so much to me and on an international scale! Boy, was I excited. I live to work with kids and my dream job is to become a coach. Working as a Victory Scholar is just the first step on my journey to put these dreams into reality and change the lives of kids in the same way that my own life was changed. This next year will be full of adventure and I hope that you continue to share this experience along with me! May 20th, 2017 will always be a special day to me. Thank you Sport Changes Life for believing in me !