One particular moment was when I scored my first ever touchdown for a league team. Then from then on out I grew to love the sport of football. When I was around nine years old my dad enrolled me into the Duck Creek Pop Warner Football league where for the first time, I would play for an actual organized team. I was so excited to begin to play actual football from my years of playing around with my friends throwing the ball around or watching the games with my dad. Growing up with my brother we would play football together on an awkward one against one game where I wasn’t allowed to tackle him because he was younger than me and my parents didn’t want him to be hurt.
Practice was one thing, but during games the eyes of coaches and parents were locked in on the only African American in the league. My first game was what I would call a beautiful disaster. I arrived at my first game and felt the pressure of what seemed like 100 eyes watch me . I stood out, I was not the same color as my teammates nor was I as experienced as them. This was the beginning of my journey and how I came to love soccer.
Soccer is my favorite sport because when I am on the field I am on the field I am in control! The field for me is like my second home, not physically but mentally. Once I am done with school and done with my house chores, I make my way to the field. The soccer field for me is where I let off steam, I can let go of all my problems (even if it’s just for a little while), and I can relax, and just go with wind. I love being in control of the soccer ball.
It’s One or The Other When I was 4, I started to play soccer. I was very young to start, but that didn’t faze me. I’d go around kicking and screaming with joy. After a while of playing that sport, I became interested in playing softball because I would watch my big brother play; I have always looked up to him. As I became more interested in both of the sports, I would always want to play, didn’t matter what time of day, the weather conditions, whether or not I had anybody to play with.
I have explored places I’d never give a second thought to because my sport took me there. Friends I had made came from the sport I played. I never ended up asking for friends to come over because to me, practice was hanging out with my friends, doing an activity with a purpose. Most of my closest and truest friends, have come from soccer. We are all bred with the same thought process of the traditional values within the sport.
Football is an accomplishment/event that changed my life and helped me go from childhood into adulthood throughout my middle school and high school career. It did this by teaching respect not just towards others, but to me, my family and my community it also taught me life lessons that I will use for the rest of my life. In middle school, I was a very disrespectful kid who did whatever I wanted to then I joined football and it helped me change my attitude. Then in high school, I started to mature and become more of a leader and role model for other players and people around me. So when I first started football in middle school I was forced into it by my parents and I really hated football when I first started it because of them.
I really like what you guys are doing here it’s like you give kids a second chance to do good in life and have a great future. I guess football wasn’t for me I guess god had another plan for me I can’t wait to see it in the long run but right now I have to be patient and
It is how I express myself, because I can’t sing or draw. I've been told multiple times by my parents that I always had a thing for baseball, whether it was swinging an assortment of items or just throwing stuff. I didn't play an organize game of baseball until I was five years old. That is where it began. Funny story though because since I swung left handed my mom thought I threw left handed,
I always played recreational soccer. During the basketball tryouts, I worked hard and tried my best, but there were many girls that were better than me. I didn’t make the team and even though I knew I wouldn’t make the team, I still got upset about it. When the coach told me that I didn’t make the team, he told me to keep basketball a part of my life and that I had a positive attitude. To keep basketball a part of my life, I went to some of the games during the season and to this day I still make time to go to the modified games.