Changing sports for the good

Jared - 77498, Texas
Entered on February 27, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: sports
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Soccer is really big where my dad came from, so you can guess that when he found out I was going to play soccer he was exited. As I played I got better and better. Now I was four years old I don’t remember much of my coaches but I remember one coach helped me be a better person by the way he opened his life for us. He also helped me become a better soccer player.

I really liked to play soccer at first, but playing the same sport just wasn’t my destiny. Doing the same thing was more for my athletic sister who had been a competitive gymnast for over twelve years. So I quit soccer at eight years old. I went to find a new sport. My brother had started Tae Kwon Doe and as his first day went about I found the greatest thing, he got to punch people with out getting yelled at! I had to try this out. So my mom signed me up and I did it for a while but as it turned out I couldn’t just punch I had to follow a series of steps so I quit that to.

Next my friend kept bragging about how baseball was the best thing to play so I got my mom to sign me up for that, after a few persuasions of course. At first it was hard but I quickly got the hang of it I was hitting line drives up and down the field. Then the season was over and we got new teams I was scared that I wouldn’t know anybody there and as it turned out I didn’t but I will never forget that team. The manager was Coach Scott West .He was a lawyer and he was the most inspirational coach, he was about learning what we needed to do in life and have a little fun doing it. He didn’t care what the scoreboard said he cared that we learned something that we could use in life. It was mostly to achieve what you can believe, I was on his team for the next couple of years and he had a huge effect on me and my look at the life that is coming up ahead of me, and now I would love to be a lawyer because he seemed so optimistic and enthusiastic and everyone honored what he did because being a coach is volunteer. So I played baseball till that took its toll I just didn’t want to do it anymore, I just wanted to try a new sport. Now, I’m enrolled in basketball and its fun running back and forth and the determination when you score a point. Who knows I just might do more with it or it might be something I just get bored of. Only time will tell. That’s why I believe that anyone from anywhere can be inspirational; you just have to open your life to them.