Lori Swanier, Ryan’s mom, broke the tennis barrier at Jackson State University. As for Swanier, a 2017 graduate of JSU and one of the very few black male tennis players, he wanted to follow in her footsteps.
Nataliyah Friar is no stranger to the sound of the firing shot before a track and field race. Track and field has been apart of her life since she was in the eighth grade, where she first began dreaming of winning more medals than her mother, who also ran track in college.
There is a popular cliché for parents to tell their kids to “dream big” and to “reach for the stars” while they are young. When they get older, however, those kids, who were once five or ten years old, grow up to realize that to achieve their dreams, it takes more than a simple dream to be successful. It takes effort, self-discipline and motivation.
Coming from the Sunshine State, one south Florida native shares his journey of playing hockey at the collegiate level and how the game changed his life.