The New York City Launch event was unbelievable! Meeting the other 22 Victory Scholars at such an honorable ceremony was such a fun way to begin our journey together! It was comforting to realize that everyone was on the same page that I was. We were excited to meet Rory, nervous for the unknowns, ready to enter a new journey, and eager to get to know each other.
When we walked into the Nike offices and started signing in, everyone was wondering when we would get to see Rory! Little did we know, who walks in right behind us but Rory Mcllroy himself! We haven’t even left the US yet and this experience was already one for the books! Once we got upstairs, each of the Victory Scholars had the chance to speak with Rory in the conference room! It was a privilege to be in the presence of such a victorious athlete and individual. When someone asked, “Why he chose golf”, his humble response was “It was the only thing I was good at!” He also told us how supportive his father was when he introduced him to golf and began coaching him! In addition, it was amazing to see the genuine interest Rory had in all 23 of the Victory Scholars as well as the positive impacts he hopes we will bring to youth communities throughout Ireland. This meeting increased my desire to make a difference this year!
The entire launch party was phenomenal! The Golf Channel interviewed us, we asked questions to past scholars, and we were able to meet the Sport Changes Life board members who make this entire organization possible! I’m so happy that I was able to share this evening with my parents and my whole Sport Changes Life family! It’s starting to hit me that Victory Is Here!