15 Reasons Why Growing up Playing Sports Changed My Life

15 Reasons Why Growing up Playing Sports Changed My Life

I highly recommend getting involved in sports, you won't regret it.

All thanks to my parents, I grew up playing sports and they have shaped me in the man I am. This list will explain to all of you who do play sports and even those who don't, just what comes out of it.

1. My group of best friends is the same group of best friends since I was 5 years old and we all met through sports one way or another

2. Respect is taught in every sport, whether it's Cheerleading or Hockey, your coach and parents always taught you how to treat others with respect.

3. Dedication is built inside of every athlete. It's the dedication learned in every practice, and every game. It's there every time you sweat and inside every trophy. This dedication is carried over into my every day situations.

4. Success is the only drive because we are all taught winning is the only thing. In life, success comes with winning. The feeling you get when holding up a trophy as a kid or even an award for Employee of the Month, is a feeling you'll never forget.

5. Playing these sports growing up, gave me a sense of competitiveness that carries over in everything I do. Whether it's my school grades, or my job, I always want to be the best and I take everything like it is a competition.

6. Knowledge in sports came from playing a variety of sports growing up. I played baseball, soccer, hockey, and football. I learned everything there is to know about these sports and it all came from playing them growing up.

7. Keeping good health is one of the most important things in life. All the running, conditioning and eating healthy in prep for game day, has made me much healthier in my life.

8. There's one thing that sports does to a lot of kids that is over-looked often. It keeps us off the streets and from getting involved in any wild ill-mannered behaviors. With all the time you spend at these sports, you don't have the time to get involved in the bad.

9. Being called lazy is one of the most insulting words to a lot of people. I can assure you, if you play sports, go to school, and some have a job as well, you are not lazy.

10. I have met people from all around the country and even the world. Meeting people from playing sports is so easy. I now have friends from Pittsburgh and as far as Switzerland.

11. Memories from playing these sports growing up and even the memories I continue to make today, will last a lifetime. Every trophy or scar has a story to tell someone and a memory I will never forget.

12. Sportsmanship is also over-looked a lot when we talk about benefits of sports. In most sports every game ends in a friendly handshake. We all love the game we play and as heated as the game gets we need to realize we are all humans who just love the game and each other.

13. We all take pride for the team we play Whether it is for a school or a town pride plays a huge part in who we are. You learn to take pride in everything you do, schoolwork, accomplishments, etc. This was all taught to me one way or another through sports.

14. Learning to lose is just as important as learning to win. We always don't win, we have to learn to lose. Without losing, there is no winning. Sometimes I lose but I learn to be optimistic about it and bounce back and win the next time.

15. Teamwork is the number one key to success in a team-oriented sport. Without working together, there is no success. Teamwork is used in everything. As small as a team of ants lifting up a piece of bread. Much too big for one ant to carry but with the help of 100 ants the bread will be moved. Learning to work together is used just about everyday. It is in school projects, at your job, and even maybe helping carry a heavy box for an elderly woman.

These are the qualities sports has brought me over the years. No matter the sport, no matter the intensity a sport will require dedication, heart, and losing. Without these things what would life be as we know it. All I want to say is, thanks mom and dad for pushing me into sports, they changed my life forever.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Stop Hating On Golden State's Success

They're just way smarter than your favorite team, including my own.


Besides my own favorite team, the Boston Celtics, the franchise I have the most respect for is the Golden State Warriors. For too long I've heard people say that the Warriors have "broken the NBA." They get too much blame for today's NBA rather than the credit.

The Warriors are coming off their second-straight title and their third in four years. And looking at 2019, they're well on their way to winning a fourth in five years. Who's going to stop them? LeBron James left for the Lakers, and it does not appear that roster is ready to compete. The Rockets lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, nearly lost Clint Capela, and signed an old Chris Paul to a $160 million contract. The Eastern Conference is as weak as it has been in a decade with the only two teams with a real chance are the Celtics and the Sixers.

But let's look at how this started. Between 2009 and 2012, Golden State drafted its three stars: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. In 2013, they sign Andre Iguodala in free agency. In 2014, they fire Mark Jackson and hire Steve Kerr. In Kerr's first season, the Warriors beat LeBron's Cavaliers 4-2 in the Finals. They then set the NBA record with 73 wins and lose in the Finals after having a 3-1 lead, putting them at a crossroads. They set the record for wins but still lose. So what do they do? GM Bob Myers and the Warriors go out and sign Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the NBA.

From this point on, the Warriors have taken heat for breaking the NBA when in reality their front office has just done the best management of any team maybe in league history. In 2009, Steph Curry was the seventh pick, so six other teams had an an opportunity to draft him, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had two draft picks in the top six and picked two point guards not named Steph Curry. In 2011, Klay Thompson was the 11th pick, and in 2012 Draymond Green was picked 35th in the second round. Other teams had the opportunity to draft them as well. In 2014, the Warriors were prepared to send star two-guard Thompson to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. But thankfully for the Bay Area, Jerry West advised against the trade, so the Warriors passed. And in the summer of 2016, all 30 teams had a chance to sign Durant, but the Warriors got him because they're simply smarter and better at recruiting, drafting and decision-making than the rest of the league is.

But what the rest of the league's nephews need to remember is that "super teams" are neither invincible nor do they last forever. LeBron's super team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, and in 2014 they lost to the San Antonio Spurs by a record margin. The Lakers with Shaq and Kobe had five great years before it broke up. In 2018, the Warriors were down 3-2 to the No.1 seed Rockets, and if Chris Paul weren't injured we could be in a very different place right now in the offseason. The only dynasty that has lasted an extended period of time is that of the San Antonio Spurs, who won five titles in three different decades. Why did they sustain greatness? Excellent drafting, coaching and personnel will contribute to that.

Dynasties happen all the time. In the 60s it was the Celtics. In the 80s, the Lakers and Celtics dominated. The 90s were about Jordan's Bulls. Shaq's Lakers and Duncan's Spurs occupied the 2000s. And now the latter half of the 2010s will be dominated by the team in Oakland.The Warriors have achieved their greatness the right way. They didn't cheat. There's still a salary cap and hefty fines for those who go over it, unlike in the MLB. What has worked for them is a lot of hard work by a lot of smart people in the Bay Area.

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