Take a Step Back

Posted By: Randyll Butler
Posted On: November 24th, 2016

This week is Thanksgiving!! All of the victory scholars are coming back for an Irish Thanksgiving hosted by Sport Changes Life. I cannot wait to see everyone and hear about their own adventures and stories. Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday and although I am celebrating it being away from home, I am with my Sport Changes Life family. This Thanksgiving I am feeling especially blessed because of the new friends and relationships I have made from my time in the Sports Changes Life family. I have to give the biggest shout out to my Ulster fambam because they have honestly become some of my best friends—more like my brothers and sisters.


They are all such different characters; it amazes me how we all get along so well. The relationships we have made will last longer than the duration of this program. I am extremely thankful to have each and every one of them in my life. I am thankful for Nyasha because she has taught me that sometimes it is okay to be impulsive—to make impulsive decisions can lead to great adventures! I am thankful for Pat because he has taught me to take it easy, to go out to lunch…a lot, and to treat yourself because well…”why not!” I am thankful for Raychelle because she has taught me to let loose and have fun..ALWAYS! When it is time to have some fun we always look to Raychelle because we know she has it all planned out. I am thankful for Will because he has taught me to always have a hard work ethic and to never pass up on watching a good documentary. The number of topics he can talk about is countless. Ryan has taught me to not be so gullible! He is one of the best jokers I know (or maybe I am too gullible tehe) but he has taught me to always laugh at the jokes and remember to be silly!


This thanksgiving I am just happy to be able to surround myself with true and sincere people. I am thankful for my family and loved ones, my health, Sport Changes Life, my happiness, and for new opportunities. Its so easy to get lost in the things we want, or “need,” that we forget to focus on what we have. This Thanksgiving I’m happy to take a step back and refocus on what I have.