Sports have an incredible impact on the world. I mean, think about it. They have the ability to bring countries together, help them forget about differences, and compete on a different type of “battlefield”. Very few events in history have had that kind of platform to work on. And yet, with sports having such a worldly influence, I believe they are often under or poorly utilized even in our own country.
If I could make money doing what I loved most, I’d be traveling around the country, teaching basketball. Basketball has had an amazing impact on my life personally. It’s more than just a game to me; it’s something I truly love. Getting to share that passion with others is just naturally what I believe I was born to do. I have seen the way that basketball can change a middle class, American boy’s life, but I believe that the impact it could have on an underprivileged child could be far greater. If I had the opportunity to, I would travel the country, one state at a time, visiting places where little opportunity seems available and creating it through the game. I would spend a month in each state, teaching children about values you learn through a team sport like basketball, such as teamwork, perseverance, sportsmanship, integrity, competitiveness, and leadership. With basketball as my tool, I believe I could help instill important values, necessary for any caring member of society, into those who may not have found them otherwise.