the game

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Submitted: December 14, 2018

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It is every boy’s dream to one day become a professional athlete. For many, this is only a fantasy but for some, it becomes reality. Ever since I was a young boy, I have been in love with the game of soccer. The story behind my success is nothing short of extraordinary. Like many, I started at the age of five. I went to practice everyday and I always tried my best; even when the other children were playing around I still stayed focused. My drive and passion for the game fueled my hard work. Despite all of this hard work, there was still something missing. This something was talent. As a child, I was not the most coordinated individual. I wasn’t as fast or strong as the other kids and my touches were terrible. At one point, my parents even tried to convince me to take on another sport so that they could avoid the embarrassment. Thankfully for me, I did not take their advice.

Two years went by and there were no signs of progress. I still had not grown at all and I had not gotten any faster. No matter how hard I practiced, I still could not figure out how to trap the ball. Parents used to give me a strange stare which I did not understand at the time. I now realize that they were judging me as if I was some kind of outsider. With my dad being a star athlete when he was in high school, I have no doubt that he was wondering what happened to me. I’m sure there were times where he questioned whether I was his kid or not. During this time, I was the only one who believed in me.

Another four years went by and I was now eleven years old. For my entire soccer career, I had been playing locally. I knew that if I ever wanted to succeed that I would need to move to a bigger team. The only problem was that I did not have the skill level to make one of these teams. This thought never crossed my mind. I had already made the decision that I would be going to a bigger club to improve my skills. After three long nights of tryouts, I found out that I did not make the team. In this moment, I seriously contemplated whether or not it was time to quit. Nothing had seemed to work out for me and I had little hope. One night, I was reading an article on my computer about Michael Jordan. The article explained how he did not even make the basketball team his eighth grade year. I was absolutely shocked. How could the best basketball player of all time not even make the team as an eighth grader? A thought immediately rushed into my head, “What if the same thing could happen for me?” The very next day, I went out to the fields and began to practice again with the mindset that I was not going to let anyone tell me that I couldn’t reach my goals.

I was now twelve years old. It was the day of the tryout. I could hear the coaches whispering to each other, “Oh boy this kid is back.” This did not phase me. Throughout the years I had become used to receiving these kinds of comments. I knew that I was prepared because all I had done this past year was play soccer. There were many nights that my parents wouldn’t pick me up from the fields until nine o’ clock. I had grown 5 inches and I was much faster. Only one thing mattered to me and that was making the team. What I did in that tryout completely floored the coaches. After only an hour, they pulled me aside and said that I had made the team and that they were super excited to see me in the future.

That day I learned a valuable lesson. No matter what people say, you have to shoot for the stars and you have to be willing to sacrifice anything in order to achieve your goals. Now I sit here today with one national championship and one state championship. My team is now entering our second straight championship and we have the chance to make history all because I decided that no one was going to tell me I wasn’t good enough.

 


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