Make no Mistake: THIS IS WHAT SPORTS ARE ALL ABOUT

Emotions run deep within me as I watch the above video from the recent ESPY’s on Anthony Robles. This young man epitomizes the essence of what it means to be a champion. No, not the pretense of one as so many in our current sports culture seem to validate through their behavior, but a real, honest to goodness champion. One that is worthy of endless respect and admiration.

I am a firm believer that within each and every one of us, whether young or old, facing adversity or not, lies someone just like Anthony. One with great heart, steely determination, and an unbending sense of perseverance that defies logic. The kind of champion that, through sheer will and grit, allows them to view most obstacles simply as a part of the environmental circumstances that exist; nothing more, nothing less. They know where they are and where they WILL eventually be at the end of their journey. Anthony sure did.

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