Speaking To The Youth

December 16th, 2015 | Uncategorized

Here at Sport Changes Life we have a program for youth called the Ehoops program.  Ehoops is a program that focuses on empowering and inspiring youth through sport.  During our weekly Ehoops sessions I have the opportunity to tell the youth about who I am and some of the obstacles that I overcame to make it to where I am now.  Whenever I speak about some of the obstacles I have overcome I always attempt to encourage them to keep pressing forward to complete their goals no matter the difficulty.  Most recently I was able to speak to a group of about 30 youths age 14 to 22.  As soon as I was finished speaking a group of young men called me over to ask me to go into further detail about some of my life experiences.  When they finished asking me questions one of the young guys told me that I inspired him to not give up on finishing school.  He told me “If you can make it through all of that then I know I have a chance to overcome what I am dealing with”.  Hearing the young man say that was a truly gratifying experience.  I have always wanted to allow my life to be an inspiration. I think I have endured different obstacles in life not just for my development but to eventually reach others and motivate people to never quit.  So many people have inspired me and helped me reach this point in my life; I am really thankful that I am in a place where I can consistently do that.  “To God Be The Glory”      


Victory Scholar: Jonathan McNair

Present University: Ulster University

US League: East Coast Conference

Club/Community Partner Ulster Elks/ Andersonstown Tigers

Alma Mater: St Thomas Aquinas College

Sponsored By: Teamwear Ireland

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