I grabbed a tennis ball and walked over to them and asked them if they had ever played foot tennis with a tennis ball. They said they hadn't. I told them how I know a bunch of guys who play scholarship sports and do it all the time. I told them if they practiced and continued to play soccer and work hard maybe they could get a scholarship or even go pro. Their faces lit up. I told them that they should try playing foot tennis with a tennis ball and I gave them a tennis ball. The boys were so thankful. They couldn't believe that I said they could keep the ball. They started to try immediately.
|USCA Soccer team and fans at the PBC soccer championships during fall 2012|
I hope our athletes see the lesson here. There is always a way to practice. Even if it’s raining and you can’t get on the court you can shadow swing, do fitness, review previous matches, write down your goals, or watch instructional videos online. We forget that talent is not our natural ability. When we look at the athletes most praised for their talent such as Wayne Gretzky or Michael Jordan we often overlook that they are also known for practicing more than anyone else. Talent is what we create by putting forth every effort we have. Talent is hard work. We can do whatever we put our minds to.