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July 8, 2020

Make The Pass

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What does it mean to make the pass? It’s something that has been on my mind a lot lately. As you probably know I have a long background in sports playing college soccer and even baseball through high school. In sports, making the pass is doing the unselfish thing that is best for the team overall. It’s a result of prioritizing the team’s success over personal acclaim. 

But there’s a second form of making the pass - it’s an invitation. A pass involves an intentional decision to include someone else and work with them to generate a certain result. Within passing is collaboration, teamwork, and mutual interest. And when you live in a way that considers others, inviting them into your world, it’s a much brighter place to live with more understanding and less suffering.

But today, I want to talk about Making the Pass through the lens of underserved youth. As an athlete myself I know first hand the value in playing team sports - the meritocracy of it where you get out what you put it, the structure guidance and mentorship, and the opportunity for advancement that lies within it. Unfortunately many under-served do not have access to organized sports and therefore do not have that influence to develop in a well-rounded way. That is why I chose to fundraise for the non-profit Peace Players, to bridge the opportunity gap and drive change in the lives of deserving kids.

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