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My grandfather and I used to have free throw shooting competitions in my room when I was 5 years old. He used to stretch his arm out to make the shot easier, whereas I had to make legitimate free throw shots. He won many times, but when he wasn't around, I practiced my shot every chance I got. Eventually, I began to win on a consistent basis despite his "cheating ways". I have kept this passion throughout the years, and after a lot of practice, I had recruiters and scouts advising me on which high schools to attend in order to ensure my future success in high school, and later college basketball. Due to living in a single parent household, I had responsibilities that included babysitting my sister, and my family ended up moving on many different occasions, thus hindering the possibility for me to play on a team, or honestly to even graduate high school. Instead, I earned my G.E.D. and CDL license, but I tutor and coach basketball any and every opportunity I get, and I am enrolling in a Sports Psychology program by 2013.
During my free time after work, I used to play basketball at a neighborhood court, and one day I met a young boy who was there and not allowed to play with the adults. They told him to play on one of the other nearby courts, and I went to play with him so he wouldn't be alone. We played for a couple of hours, and after walking him home, we realized we lived near to each other. He asked that I stop by his house on the way to the court whenever I play so he could always have someone to play with, and he wanted to practice for his team at school. We played often throughout the summer, and when I saw him the following summer, he told me he made captain of his team. In addition, he earned respect on the neighborhood court, and the adults were now willing to play with him. That was one of the proudest moments I have ever had. I want my students to know that you do not have to be over 6 feet tall or athletic in order to be successful in basketball, and that it is more of a game instead of a sport. If basketball is played the right way, it can build confidence,improve problem solving skills,and relieve stress. It is a game that is fun and enjoyable, and can help you through your problems by giving you a clear head to think with. My grandfather and I used to have free throw shooting competitions in my room when I was 5 years old. He used to stretch his arm out to make the shot easier, whereas I had to make legitimate free throw shots. He won many times, but when he wasn't around, I practiced my shot every chance I got. Eventually, I began to win on a consistent basis
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