Updated: May 15
Probably the most important part of being involved in youth sports is the friendships, and relationships you develop over the years. I'm fortunate to have grown up in a small community of 350 people where the words, "you can't take it with you" were regular and we were taught to appreciate what we have, as little as it was, and enjoy the journey. I'm thankful for that, growing up in a construction family, focused on quality of our performance, and work ethic. My father used to tell me, "You are going to have tough times in your life. Remember.. There's a big difference between being down-and-out, and down-and-out and broke!".. Combined with that, an experience in my life made a big impact on me when my grandfather passed away. After the funeral, at the reception, I couldn't keep track of the number of people who came up to me and said something of the sorts, "Your grandfather used to make me smile with his jokes. Your grandfather was always so kind. Your grandfather went out of his way to help me, and provide me with...". The overall memories of my grandfather by so many that knew him was about kindness, helping others, willingness to go out of his way.
These two influences embodied my belief system. Falling in love with the game of basketball and honestly, all sports at a young age, I didn't understand any of this until I became older, and it drove my daily efforts. Now, keep in mind, I've failed more than anyone else reading this blog, being angry, resentful, stupid responses, little patience, and bad decisions... but thank goodness, over time, fortunate to have the foundation of what to me, is the greatest attribute we have in our P2P Sports endeavors. We care about people, and the relationships we build over time. I'm fortunate that we have made wonderful decisions on the employees who work here at P2P Sports. Each are small town people, value-driven, family-experienced, and those who have failed. When we hire someone, one of the series of questions I ask is asking about the tough times in their lives, the failures, relationships, work ethic, and what really makes them who they are. The overall common and resounding similarity in all of them is about how much relationships and helping others means to them.
When you believe in this, you have a small impact. When you surround yourself with a group or entire gang with the same belief system, you have the ability to CHANGE THE WORLD. In our small way, we are changing expectations, and what youth sports can and should be.