Working at The Summer Youth Sports Program is really an eye opener of how much this youth generation is changing — at least way different when I was 11/12. Even though, these kids are already intoxicated with things such as “drugs, sex, alcohol, etc” I still have hope that they’ll change as they grow up. Let’s face it, we all know that I am not the best role model, but I do believe that discipline is important growing up and I try to show them as much as I can. I know that I yell countless times and I punish them like there’s no tomorrow, but I have a soft spot for these kids. I know for a fact that I will for sure miss them. I’ll miss them not for being rowdy and fun, but rather for reminding me that I can be leader and set a positive lesson in their lives. It amazes that even though they are surrounded with such negative things at home, school, friends, etc, these kids are dreamers. I often ask them, “What do you wanna be when you grow up?” Their answers fascinates me — not for the huge imagination they have, but the fact that innocence of being a kid is still there. I love hearing their stories. I always tell them, "You can do anything as long as you put your mind into it. Don’t let any barrier get in your way".
The other day, one of the kids told me that when he grows up, he wants to be just like me. Something so simple, sunk into my heart and broke me into pieces, because I feel like I’m doing something right. At first, I didn’t understand why he would, but when he explained made me just love my job 10x more. When this program is over, I’ll be really sad. I really hope that these kids take the right path and that they’ll be safe.
To my little dreamers,
I am more than blessed to have you all as my kids at this camp. At first, I did it for the money, but now I’m doing it for all of you in hopes that I can set a great example and put you in the right track. You all will succeed if you all work hard. Play hard & always be humble.
-One of the biggest dreamers you’ll meet.