In life, people may miss opportunities or regret not taking a chance. One opportunity I will never regret is applying to the Sport Changes Life Program. Being apart of this program has taught me so much about myself and others. I’ve matured so much as a person, not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. On an everyday basis, I live by my 2018 mantra, “you never know what people may go through on a constant basis. Externally people may look fine, but that’s not always the case. You never know what kind of impact or influence you may have on a person’s life. The Sport Changes Life Program has allowed me to connect, help and act as a positive role model on and off the basketball court. ”
Being an inspiration to the youth is incredibly humbling and vital. You give kids hope and things to aspire too. You only have one time to make a first impression, so you should carry yourself to the highest standard because you never know who’s watching. These last couple months, I understand the meaning “you never know who’s watching.” After games or even in the supermarket, people will randomly come up to me and say “You are my child’s idol” or “My child thinks you are the coolest person ever.” When people tell me these things, it makes me feel so good, to know that I have an impact on someone’s life. Not only do I affect their lives, but they also affect my life as well. Being around new people, kids, adults, just being around others inspire me daily. Learning new cultures, nitpicking people’s brains, stepping out of my comfort zone, and so much more. The kids have taught me patience, determination, sacrifice, belief, and happiness. The main thing I’ve learned out here is… SMILE MORE! Life is fantastic, so SMILE MORE!
Lastly, former NFL player- Ray Lewis once said- “Don’t walk through life just playing football. Don’t walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone’s life, that’s the ultimate vision, that’s the ultimate goal – bottom line.”
DON’T FORGET TO SMILE MORE!