Dear Coach Corey,
In English class we are reading the book, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. As I read, I am reminded of all of the influential people in my life. You are one of the people who I know that has shaped me into the person I am today.
Thinking back to when we first met, I remember attending one of your practices; not having a clue on what to do. I was quite embarrassed. But you guided me through the drills and led me to success (a little bit of success. It took some time). You let me know the truth that I needed practice. I took what you taught me home that day and practiced exactly what we did. You also let me know that it will take a lot of time to get to be where I want to be. “Nothing happens overnight,” you said. I took this to heart and became not only a better player on the court, but a better player anywhere I am.
I’ll always admire your dedication to all teams and all players. I’m sure everyone appreciates that about you, even if they don’t tell you. When a player would leave the game (for whatever reason) and you took part and played for them, everybody continued to play with smiles and laughter. The way you play the game is the way I want to play when I’m older. Your energy brings fun to the sport, even if it is a really early morning practice.
From knowing you, I have gained confidence when on the court. You have also said that if you love the game, put effort to it. This taught me commitment and dedication, which led me to staying in the gym from early morning, to late at night. Everything you have taught me has helped me so much.
You taught me how to be around people and how to be a defender. Before arriving in your gym, I thought I was good, but that was definitely up for debate. Thanks to you, I can now follow the right path to be who I want to be.
See you in the gym,
Nick Hano is an 8th grade student at Lenape Middle School who participates in a variety of CAL Sports Academy programs including Private Training; basketball leagues, classes, clinics, and scrimmages; Performance Training; and School’s Out. He was given the assignment in his English class to write a letter to someone who has been influential in his life. Thank you, Ms. Catherine Mooradd (Nick’s teacher), for taking the time to forward this to us!
May 5, 2016
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