The MLB All-Star Game features baseball’s biggest stars on one field competing against one another for home field advantage in the World Series. Although these players are stars now and make their talents on the field look effortless, many of them have had to handle adversity to make it to where they are now.
Today, we honor one of our nation’s most influential heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Known as a brave man, he devoted his life to help transform the racial differences in the United States.
He believed each human being should be observed as the same, no matter what the color of their skin was or which gender, race, ethnicity or religion beliefs. He advocated for social change and fought for racial equality. He preached a message of love and tolerance that is still echoed today.
The month of February is known for Valentine’s Day, which is a fantastic holiday about love and your heart! And February is also American Heart Month. Heart disease is a huge concern and the leading cause of death in men and women in America. It is so important that we take care of our hearts.
Has there ever been a moment in your life where you absolutely don’t think you can accomplish the task in front of you? Well I was faced with that feeling over this past weekend. I was supposed to run in the Marine Corps Marathon, but due to knee surgery, I knew that wasn’t possible. I didn’t even think running a 10k would be feasible, but then I ran into a group of wounded warriors and my thoughts drastically changed.
As Matt Jeffers said so well, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
Sam Surowiec must share the same philosophy. He didn’t let losing a leg stop him from competing in triathlons, playing wheelchair basketball, or sharing his love of sports with the young people he coaches.
They said we would never make it
I was always told that
Every person has their own destiny
And to never let anything or any person get the best of me
That’s the one way in life to succeed
Part of what we try to do at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is show kids that they are not powerless—each of us can choose how to handle whatever life has thrown our way. But you have to know what your options are first.
When looking at the problems kids face growing up, one of the most damaging of them can be bullying. Recently the Foundation has partnered with an organization called Rachel’s Challenge. Rachel’s Challenge was started by Darrell and Sandy Scott after their daughter, Rachel, was killed in the Columbine High School Shooting in 1999.
It takes courage to be honest, to admit to one’s mistakes, and to learn from them. It takes even more courage to talk about these mistakes openly so that others may learn to avoid them.
Have you ever been given a task and your first thoughts that come to mind are negative ones on how you cannot achieve it? I have.
Have you ever gotten into a situation where everything looks bleak and thought there is no way out of it and just given up? I have.
Have you ever watched your favorite sports team lose three straight, or go down by 20 points, and think this is over, they are done? I have.