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Category: Sports and Society

It has begun…

Commentary from my time working at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tonight the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games will be held. It is the night most athletes relish, mainly because it is an off day of training and the final break in their schedule. My time in the athlete’s village has been crazy! Rio’s Olympic village certainly carries a high allure of what [read: who] is to be seen. Just walking through the village you realize how many professional athletes you don’t know.  As my friend would say, ‘It’s like the Disney World of Athletes’.  There are…

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First Impressions

Commentary from my time working at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the things that stood out to me as I got off the plane in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero was the lack of Olympic decorations. I was guessing there would be Olympic rings woven into the upholstery on the busses, but if you aren’t looking for it, you won’t find it. None of the decorations and signs for the Olympics are overbearing and if you were just passing through you may not know anything was going on. (Check back with me on Friday…

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On the way…

By popular demand I will blog my life over the next month. I’m not trying to be overbearing, just transparent. There have been a lot of days I’ve spent pondering about this dream trip and what it means to me. To finally come to the point of getting on the plane is priceless. I have so many emotions funneling. The first is extreme gratitude for all of my family and friends who have helped me financially be able to afford the trip. They were God sent and Gracious donations. I do not mind being your representative. The second emotion would…

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From a minority

In many ways, my perspective will never be commonplace. I have been a minority my entire life. The only lens I have to see life like everyone else is right and wrong. These days even that lens is blurry. But I will attempt to give you a glimpse of my cultural exchanges and the perception of America(ns) I have encountered. Right now everyone around the globe seems to be a little frightened by terrorism, whatever that may be. My America is scarred, battered and filled with scorn. Knowing what is right and choosing what is right is difficult. Doing the right…

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Getting My Opportunity

Getting my opportunity Sometimes you just feel like you deserve something. And after the wait, I definitely felt deserving. The truth is I was thankful for my time at home and it would always stand as an example for me. It is always an option to move back home for the family. When I finally got my opportunity to interview for my first Division one coaching gig I was elated. By no means did I get there myself. I was advocated. I had people on my side working for me daily. One, in particular, was my head coach at the…

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The Stigma of Opportunity

There comes a point in life where you are looking for a hand up and not a hand out. In our minds we are not the top 1%. In our eyes we are bottom feeders on a treacherous climb to the top. Truthfully we are in the top 1% but the evidence we are looking for is false. The privileges we have just as American citizens start us in the top 1%, and though we may not all be there, that journey is something that is POSSIBLE and that we know is ATTAINABLE. Opportunity is one of the most whored…

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Single and ready to mingle…

This post is properly titled. Although I do not know who I will be mingling with! This has been an ongoing conversation topic of mine since speaking with my brothers about it a couple weeks back. Honestly, I am in no position to seek out a romantic relationship, but I am preparing for that in my future, so this is a VERY important topic. When I finally do get ‘ready’ how will I start? Internet dating is in, but I completely refuse to do that. Sorry I just can’t. **PSA** Please, if you have never met me and you are reading…

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Accountability Okaloosa

On Tuesday I attended the first Accountability Okaloosa campaign meeting pioneered by Matt Gaetz. After living outside of the United States for the last two years, I found it increasingly important to update myself on the pressing issues of my community. While I still live vicariously in several places, I was raised in Niceville and rightfully call it home. Living overseas gives Americans a much different perspective of their country. While abroad I was asked to speak to several middle school classes about hot topics in American society. Unfortunately, I know all too well about civil rights, racism, teenage pregnancy, and gun control. Topics this particular…

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Do Your Part to Create Social Change in America

***This post is relevant for anyone who feels like their culture is oppressed within our great country. If you read this article and do not agree with any of the steps with in, I challenge you to do your research and find out where YOUR issues lie with racism, prejudice, and discrimination.*** Today Ferguson, Missouri is filled with smoke bombs and tear gas because a black teenager was shot and it has been 9 days with no arrest of his killer.  Everything else in this situation in Ferguson is just extra, and to be expected at this point. Unfortunately, shootings, deaths, and wrongful…

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