Away Game at Home

January 20th, 2016 | Uncategorized

For my game last weekend, my team and I traveled to Belfast to take on the Belfast Star. It was just another normal away game for my teammates but for me, the game had a “home” type of feeling to it. Belfast has become a special place to me. It was where I spent my very first week of my Victory Scholar experience and that’s when I bonded and formed friendships with the other Victory Scholars and Sport Changes Life members. Belfast is also the place where Sport Changes Life hosted us (the victory scholars) for Thanksgiving so that everyone could spend the holiday together. During Thanksgiving, my parents and sister visited me and came with me to Belfast as well. Every memory I have of Belfast is one of family and the trip to play Belfast Star last weekend ended up being no different. 
Normally on away games when I look into the crowd, I do not recognize any one. However, during this game, I looked into the crowd and noticed my  Sport Changes Life family was there to support me. Seeing them in the crowd felt like the same type of feeling I had when I saw my family at the airport during Christmas, I tried to hold back my smile but I couldn’t help it. It meant a lot to me for them to be there and it was nice to speak with everyone after the game.
It was another successful trip to Belfast and I can’t wait for my next visit!


Victory Scholar: Staats Battle

Present University: University of Limerick

US League: ACC

Club/Community Partner: UL Eagles

Alma Mater: North Carolina State University

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland


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