January 9th, 2014 | Uncategorized
Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I have just recently returned from home, and I could not be more grateful for the time I was able to spend with my loved ones over the holidays. It was great catching up with friends and family, and just being able to spend some quality time at home. I was able to see my college team get a win at home, my sister score her 1,000th point and my former high school team in action. I’m so proud to forever be part of these programs. I could not be more proud of where I came from, and I’m so happy I was able to see all of them over the break. I was reminded of how blessed I am to have such amazing, genuine people in my life, and that months apart will never change our relationships. This reminder was the best Christmas gift I could have asked for!
Now I’m back in action here in Belfast! Last night was my first EHoops session of the new year! I’m working with the West Belfast group with Bryan, and I’m really excited to be working with these lads in the coming weeks. The first hour I was able to get to know some of the guys. Some of them were really curious about American football and baseball, so I did my best explaining the sports. It’s amazing to see how I can always find a common ground with the lads by being able to talk sports. For the last hour, we played a soccer (football) match on one of the outdoor pitches. It was freezing outside, but we all wanted to get a good game in. It really brought me back to my days of indoor and outdoor soccer. I forgot how much I missed the sport, as well as playing under the lights outside. Some of the guys footwork was incredible, and it was great to see them playing with such passion. I was just happy they let me get in the game!
Looking forward to this final part of my journey here in Northern Ireland. I really missed my Irish family, and I’m excited to share many more experiences with them.