My Beliefs about the Things Around Us

Alec - Houston, Texas
Entered on March 1, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

What are my beliefs? I have many in my arsenal of personal thoughts and memories. These beliefs are what give me my morals and principles about life. They shape me and the environment around me. Out of this arsenal, probably the one belief I believe in the most is the abilities sports. This belief is that sports bring either countries that hate each other for a friendly game or much more like the Olympics or vice-versa like the dearest of friends engaging in a battle of skills of who has harnessed greater. These beliefs do not just shape me but also everyone else.

I would and always will remember the 4×100 Men’s Freestyle Relay Race where Jason Lezak came out of nowhere and beat Bernard of France badly after they specifically said, “The Americans? We’re going to smash them. That’s what we came here for.” It was what they deserved after saying this remark that was not needed at the Olympics. The US Men’s National Team smashed the world record. Jason Lezak also had the fastest time ever in a leg of this relay with 46 seconds.

Another story is the 2008 US Men’s Basketball Team, also known as the “Redeem Team”. They were able to overcome all of the doubts of many with the leadership of Coach Krzyzewski. The “Redeem Team” had this based on the fact of the belief of them being able to regain the championship status of USA Basketball like in 1992 with people like Clyde “The Glide” Drexler and the name of the “Dream Team”.

My own in game personal experience of this is with my best friend when we are on the basketball court or any other field. We are the best of friends inside the house and at places, but once we hit the court it’s a whole other story. We battle for the title of the best at basketball, which is always me. Anyway, the lesson I am trying to teach kids and even adults of this world is that people have put away their views of other people and just play ball.