DCFC Is More than a Club, It's A Family

DCFC Is More than a Club, It's A Family

Nothing will ever compare to what you will witness and be a part of at a Detroit City Football Club match.

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Detroit City Football Club. It's not just a club, it's a family.

Detroit City FC broke out of the franchise system that is set up within US to form a grassroots movement that has grown to be a family. The team appointed the term "Supporter Built" after growth of the club resulted in supporters working to help fund renovations of Detroit soccers new home, Keyworth Stadium. Detroit City FC has also had a rally for Amanda, who is a huge supporter that was involved in a horrific accident during their playoff run.

The personal support that was given to her was incredible. Detroit City FC has grown from a little club into a driving force that has coverage and is well known across the United States and a ever-growing presence overseas. DCFC is fighting against the money system, Major League Soccer. More information about DCFC, as well as some visuals for what I talk about later in this article, can be found in this video:

I had the privilege of going to my very first DCFC match on May 25th. This was one week after they had a match against FC St. Pauli. The FC St. Pauli match was historic as it was not only Detroit City FC's first ever televised match but also was St. Pauli's first game and trip to the United States.

Everyone was first gathered in the street for pre-gaming with food, drinks, and overall fun. After hanging out and catching up with friends for a few hours before the match, City fans grabbed large flags and displays and held them proudly, readying to march in the street to Keyworth Stadium. Police blocked the streets so everyone could travel safely to the field. During the march, there was continuous chanting, clapping, and drum-playing. For a few minutes, the group stopped in the middle of the street where a man with a bullhorn spoke to hype everyone up before continuing on to the field.

Both at the end of the national anthem and at kickoff, smoke bombs were set off. Luckily, my friend had given me a scarf to cover my mouth with so I didn't breathe in the smoke. Anyway, it was an amazing sight. I was fortunate enough that my friend is one of the people who set off the smoke bombs, and I got to stand right next to him. I have never seen something like that before. It honestly was so amazing.

During the game, there was never a quiet moment. Drums kept the beat of every single chant, of which there were endless! A lot of chants were based on tunes from songs, so they were easy to keep up with, but all of the chants were original in their own ways. Like I said before, there was never a quiet moment, and I mean it. The chants went on continuously. There was also a super fun Tetris game, which is hard to explain other than for me to tell you to go to a game and experience it for yourself.

DCFC supporters proudly waved flags throughout the whole game. In each section, there was someone with a bullhorn leading the cheers, and their enthusiasm was like nothing I have ever seen. The crowd involvement was of the highest level I have ever experienced. I have been to football, hockey, baseball, basketball, and even other soccer events before, but nothing will ever compare to what you will witness and be a part of at DCFC. Take the crowd from every football game you have ever seen and multiply it by 100. THAT is DCFC. There really is a family love and atmosphere at these games, unlike anything.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From Kid President That Got Us Through Our Toughest Days

He might be young, but he's so wise.

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The Kid President made his debut in 2012 and has impacted many lives with his positivity and kind words. He provides insight into negative situations and gives us all words to live by. Here are 10 times his words helped us get through the day.

1. When we didn't want to follow through with plans.

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We've all been in the position where we had a bad day and wanted to cancel our plans. People want you there, so it's true: just you being there does make it awesome.

2. When you felt like you were struggling as a parent.

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Your kids love you as a parent. They look up to you and value everything you do! Realistically, you're doing a great job and your kids see it, too.

3. When you felt like quitting.

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You might be an adult, but there's still a force within you to keep you going.

4. When you felt overwhelmed.

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Kid President gives great advice when it comes to being stressed: pause, breathe, love. It only takes a few minutes to pause and breathe in order to get back on track.

5. When you felt like you didn't matter.

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6. When you saw your cousin post something political on Facebook.

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Post-election Facebook was a battleground full of insults and disagreements. It's okay to disagree, but there's no reason for us to go out of our way to make someone else feel bad about their position.

7. When you someone cut you off driving and you want to hawk them down.

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... then don't do it. Plain and simple. It won't do anyone any good to go after someone for something that really isn't a big deal.

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You have so much to say and share, people will listen, especially if you have good things to say.

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If you're wearing pants and have toilet paper, you're doing a good job being an adult.

10. When you needed encouragement to get up.

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Straight to the point, let's do it. You don't have to do it alone, but you have to do it.

Kid President is the king of good advice. It's all put in simple terms because we don't need to complicate anything anymore.

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