The launch in New York was a great experience for a few reasons. Firstly, it was the start of the long awaited journey to Ireland. Since I found about the program in May, I’ve been excited about the trip, and the launch was the first in-person SCL experience. Secondly, getting the chance to meet Rory McElroy and hear his story was interesting. When you meet an international superstar, you never know if they will be too focused on their own life to give other people the time of day. Rory made it a point to have every scholar feel welcome and it made the entire experience enjoyable. It’s amazing to think how a guy in his situation can remain so down to earth. Lastly, getting the chance to meet all the scholars and hear their stories was incredible. This program takes kids from all over the country with different backgrounds and upbringings. To hear everyone’s story and how they paved their path to success was eye-opening.
Ultimately, the launch in New York symbolized the beginning of an exciting journey that combines school, basketball, mentoring youth, and an entirely different culture. We’ve only been here for a week thus far and it’s already full of fantastic experiences. I’m excited for what the next 10 months have in store.