I started playing hockey at 5 years old. At 7 years old I started goal tending. I have been playing travel hockey for 10 years. I made varsity high school hockey as a freshman. I have goals and aspirations to go to the NHL and division 1 college. My goal is to go to the juniors as early as possible. From there go to division 1 College and get drafted to the NHL. So how am I different? I became a referee for hockey at 14 years old. I am 16 years old with a size 16 Men’s shoe, 6’4 and still growing, I have to buy custom goalie skates because they stop selling skates at size 12. Statistically I am different too. 26 African-Americans have made it to the NHL. Six out of those 26 are from America the other 20 are from Canada. Being in a southern state like Florida makes it more difficult to get recruited. Failure is not an option for me. My life and my moms life has been dedicated to hockey financially, emotionall, and physically to make sure I succeed. My world is hockey, my life is hockey, my dreams, my goals, are all surrounded by hockey. I want to one day help mothers like my mother, help kids like me to know hard work pays off and to follow your dreams.