There is nothing like walking onto the field for the opening faceoff. Winning the ball is a matter of heart. Who wants it more?
I know two things about my lacrosse game. I live in a state and play on a team with a big spread in talent, interest and commitment. Second, there is a lot more I can learn and improve in my game when I am playing with a team full of committed, talented players. I have figured out two things about my academics: I have to work hard every single day and I have to accept all support available to me to manage what needs to get done.
My high school team is really fun to play on mostly. I have known these guys since second grade and we have won and lost a lot of games together. `When I was in 8th grade, my high school team was ranked 79th out of 81 teams in WA. At the end of my freshman year, we had moved up to the top 35. There is still a long climb to number 1. I know that I have to bring my team with me, because together is the only way to make that rise. Then summer comes and I am playing high level lacrosse. It always takes me a bit to adjust to the speed, strategy and vision of the game at this level, but I cannot wait to play at that level every single day.
Academics are hard for me. In March 2020, I changed schools to one that is better for dyslexic students. It is not the content. It is understanding the question I am being asked and the way I am expected to answer it. I have to work at it every single day. If I did not get help it would be like taking the field with only me; I need my team to help me.
I am a man and player of contrasts. I have high highs and hard challenges. I am very hard working and academically challenged. I am an AIDS orphan with a loving adopted family. I am a West Coast player trying to break into an East Coast game. I love the competition.