Sunday, February 23, 2014

Youth Basketball Program from La Jara

Feb. 19th 2014: 

Atendees:  50 Youth 30 Adults 

Last month, l was invited to be the guest speaker at the Youth Basketball program celebration night from La Jara Elementary School in La Jara, Colorado. 

 La Jara is a small town of the San Luis Valley. It is located 10 miles south of Alamosa and is part of the poorest county of USA (Conejos County) Population: 877

When I arrived at the elementary School the very first thing that impressed me the most was the atmosphere.  Parents were walking towards the stands at the Gym while kids went to sit down in their respective seats in the middle of the gym.  I could tell this was a very special night.  Soon after I arrived I was introduce to the school principal, Ms Terry Booth. 

We visited for a few minutes and soon after that I was given instructions. After introductions, I had unlimited time to address our youth, then shortly after I was going to have the honor to present them with a certificate of completion. 

It was quite an honor to share part of my athletic and civic journey with this kids. They were so attentive to my anecdotes. To my surprise parents were very attentive too.

 After the talk and presentation of  certificates we took pictures. I stayed to visit with kids individually. One thing I notice and I'm always reminded of is: We all have dreams and aspirations. We all want to achieve and be great. We all have someone we want to make proud. Young or Adults we all want someone or something to believe in.. 

I promise this young stars that next year I would be back to cheer them on. Always greatful for opportunities like this. Reaching out to our kids is awesome!!! 

Note: La Jara Elementary has about 200 to 250 students at any given time. There are about 15-20 students in each classroom.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

ITA in Sochi 2014

In the midst of the Winter Olympic spirit, there are so many things that go through my mind. The first one and most important one. What do we strive for? Who inspires us? and Who or what inspire  the Olympians that are in Soshi today? Every single athlete out there has a story to share and someone or something that motivated them to make it to the very top.  

Its very inspiring and motivating to see two  In The Arena athletes being named to represent team USA in Sochi this year: Torin Koos and Brian Gregg.  Their stories are amazing. I encourage you to read their personal blogs and learn more about them, before they hit the biggest athletic arena there is to be, the Olympic One. 

Click Here to know How Torin Koos  and Brian Gregg  made it to Sochi. 

Great read Here on Brian. His goals, dreams and network of support. 

Click Here to visit Torin Koos personal blog. 

Click Here to visit Brian Gregg personal blog.

So proud, so excited, motivated, inspired!

Be inspired and follow their paths.. Lets dig in and fight for what we really want. Lets make those around us proud. Let obstacles and defeats be our motivation to strive for excellence in and out of the Arena.  Speedy races to both Torin and Brian!!!