My current car has almost 200,000 miles on it. The driving started with little league and summer swim league when my child-athletes each started at 4 years old.
Taylor was heavily recruited by upwards of 50 universities to play baseball and played for Bucknell University. Pro scouts have been following him with great interest. He just graduated and is transitioning to adult life.
Cierra is finishing high school. She’s a USA Swimmer who represents the United States on the USA National Youth Team who currently trains in a group of 9 National and International Gold Medalists including the greatest Olympian of all time. She qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and finished within the top 25 in her events. She competes at the national and international level, was one of the top 5 recruits in the country, is one of the fastest swimmers in history and will attend Cal-Berkeley on a full-scholarship. She has her sites set on Rio for 2016 and most commentators are noticing and confirming the reality of that goal.
Maddie went to her first Duathalon in Richmond, VA, and became the National Champion. She took up riding/dressage and in less than a year became the Mid-Atlantic and Regional Champion. She returned to swimming and is now pressing hard on United States Swimming Jr.National Championship qualifications.
All three are honors/AP students, creative, have hobbies, love to laugh and play and are interesting and fun to be around.
I learned a few things while driving all these years: Sports. Nutrition. Sleep. Practice. Competing. College Recruiting, going Pro, Parents. Coaches….but also about kids who become champions both in their sport and out. I’m not an expert except learning from experience. I don’t believe my kids are any more extraordinary than yours. I believe every single child has potential that ought to be maximized and I can only imagine a world where each one got to become their best and contribute great things to the rest of us.
I’ve got a Master’s degree in Education and 30 years of working with kids from babies through high school and their parents in various organizations and educational institutions.
If you care to drive along and listen, I’ll share what I’ve learned…maybe it’ll help you become your best or lead your children to maximize their potential.
Amazing Awaits. Come on. Let’s go.