I was in a new environment, I didn’t speak English, and I was weak and shy without self-confidence.
Because of this, I had a hard time assimilating and finding friends.
I fought the kids who made fun of my terrible accent and defended others who couldn't defend themselves against bullies .
Having no siblings, I was sad, hopeless and lonely at home.
I grew angrier at the world. I hung around the wrong group of friends which led to me being in dangerous situations: in one fight, I was stabbed 4 times.
Sports was the catalyst
Sports became a very important part of my life. They led me to where I am now and shaped who I’ve become. Sports became my “father figure” by teaching me life lessons necessary for a boy to become a man.
That’s my story in a nutshell.
This is why sports matter
Sports teach the youth essential life skills, build character and leadership qualities necessary to overcome life’s challenges that lead to successful adult lives. However, playing sports alone is not enough for a guaranteed positive outcome. Just as good, caring and passionate teachers with proper resources are the cornerstone of an excellent, enriching education that students receive, the same can be said in sports.