As a little boy, sitting next to my father watching soccer games was the highlight of my weekends. As I practiced Taekwondo three times per week, and soccer two times per week not only did my interest but my love for sports developed. I also experienced piano, drums, baseball, swimming, and basketball, but soccer and taekwondo made the most sense for me. Earning colored belts, trophies, and awards helped me to grow as an athletic and as a person with persistence, determination, and commitment. I was fortunate to be part of great soccer teams and soccer clubs. I had motivated and knowledgeable coaches that challenged my disposition. My father, my second coach, and I spent numerous hours at the park practicing skills. He used to tell me that having good technical skills was not enough, I needed to truly understand the game. He taught me to play ‘smart and intelligent’. He taught me to motivate and encourage my teammates to play hard.
Juggling academics and sports was challenging, but with the support of my family, instructors, and coaches I persevered. I received my Black Belt in Taekwondo while I continued to earn trophies and awards in soccer and in basketball. I learned about the importance of fitness and good nutrition while being a multi-sport athletic. Now, that I am preparing for post-secondary education, I believe that I have the aptitude to compete for a college team. I have the work ethnics, leadership, and motivation to make a positive impact needed for your program.