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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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Experiencing The World Cup As A Brazilian Is Irreplaceable

The World Cup in Brazil not only brings people together, but it makes the people feel proud and fulfilled to be a Brazilian citizen.


I was born in Tampa, Florida, but I was raised by the most authentic Brazilian parents. When people ask me where I'm from, I admit that I am American, but I never fail to mention that I am Brazilian by blood. Growing up, soccer has always been a fundamental discussion in my household, especially between my dad and two younger brothers. I'll be honest, I am the least athletic one at home since I have always been one more for the arts. However, as years went by, my dad and younger brothers successfully transferred the passion and thrill sentiment of the game onto me.

As they watched their favorite teams score goals, the three of them cheered on hard and proud around the house, jumping up and down, chasing after my mom and me, and thanking God for the goal. Hence why now, once the World Cup starts, my heart begins to beat in a new way. The five of us gather around the television to watch the epic players play the game, while a mixture of anxiety and excitement rushes through my body.

Although it wasn't until four years ago when I truly experienced the World Cup as a true Brazilian insider for the first time. You see, I have always known that soccer was basically the most important thing to most Brazilians, but I had never known or understood the thrill, the unification, and patriotism that the World Cup brings for the nation.

I saw the streets filled with graffiti street art; but instead of the typical vandalism that covers the streets, it was Fifa's art displaying Brazil's main colors. Art that drew soccer balls, Brazilian flags, goals, caricatures of some of the players on the team, and more.

On game days, I watched as the employees left work early and traffic swell the roads; the street bars became crowded and salgadinhos (typical fried Brazilian snacks) were being heated to set on the tables; families gathered in together and wore the colors blue, green and yellow splattered across their faces; kids ran around with soccer balls until the start of the game, and when it was finally time, the whole country froze while everyone's television screens turned on at the same time.

Once the game began, one could only hear the voice of the announcer; until the referee whistled, then everyone would scream- cursing at the referee or at the other team, regardless of who actually made the foul. As the game progressed, tension arose upon the nation, whether or not the team was winning.

Now if Brazil lost or even tied, the atmosphere of the country would intensify. Everyone's faces transformed from eagerly excited to gravely disappointed and heartbroken. Some would curse out at others and some fights would arise while others would shed tears.

But with every goal that Brazil made, the country's ground vibrated as millions of people jumped up and down, roaring in celebration; some men would kiss their wives, others would chug at their beers, kids would scream in happiness, and women would jump up and down in a rhythmic dance celebration.

Today, as the 2018 World Cup is taking place- I loyally cheer on Brazil with exhilarated energy like all of the Brazilians are doing in their country. Brazil may have tied their first game, but I have high hopes for my team and I will continuously wear their colors every day until the end.

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