Sunday, April 22, 2012
Mohamed Ali has been Corey's Hero for a long time. Kids all have a hero. Sometimes their heroes aren't who we would choose for them. Some we consider to be unworthy of hero status. Whether its a rock star, movie star, athlete or someone they personally know, kids will take direction, whether good or bad, from someone they admire.
My grandson, Corey has studied Ali's life. If you have ever read any of Ali's quotes (“Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.” Just one of many) you realize there is a lot more to him than many know.
If you live near south-west Michigan, particularly Berrien County, you know or have heard of the MANY generous acts Ali has done. He is a very beloved person and celebrity.
Though my thoughts posted here are praise of this man, they are to speak about the effect he has had on my grandson. Kids today need to be focused on something positive. Corey has been focused since he was 6 on athletics. The focus made him aware of how important his grades were, even if it was to maintain the ability to play on school teams. It became an important help in building his self-esteem and confidence. It became a TREMENDOUS purpose to avoid drugs and maintain a healthy body. He has played baseball, football and wrestled. Outside school, he has attended a gym for 3 years studying Muay Thai and now focuses on boxing.
Yes, that's a worry. But its HIS focus and choice to make and I honor it.
I don't think I have a hero, but there are MANY that I admire. How about you?