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.
Growing up in the hood teaches people many lessons about surviving in the world. For some, it motivates them to leave and pursue excellence like never before. In the case of SB Nation staff reporter Tyler Ricky Tynes, his experiences of growing up in the hood reminds him how far he has come each day on his grind in the media industry.
Before he played under the bright lights at ‘The Rock’ or shattered records at Spain Park High School, Nick Mullens was just like any other child with an early childhood dream. For Mullens, one simple principle gave him the ultimate blueprint for his success in life: persistence.
Were you Michael? No. Did you need Shaq to capture those two extra rings? No. Did you have enough help on your team in the last few years? No. But did you ever give up? Absolutely not.
Many Americans live every day to its fullest. From dealing with various issues, spending time with family to enjoying laughter and fun moments, it is easy for Americans to get caught up in their own lives, forgetting the reason why they are able to engage in The American Dream.
Grind or get ate. GOGA. That is the motto of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief each time he works out, goes to practice or prepares for a game in a Colts’ uniform. His father was a junior college standout at defensive back for Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in Ellisville, Mississippi but he gave up on his football dreams after playing at Southern Illinois University.
In the chart topping, hit single “Diamonds” by Barbadian singer and songwriter Rihanna, one can hear a powerful reoccurring statement “shine bright like a diamond”. While many get caught up in the beauty of this precious stone, they often forget diamonds are made under pressure. It took time and hard work for such objects to be created.
2015 marks the year children who were born in 2000 will be 15 years old. To put things in perspective, the 9/11 attacks, the 2003 NBA Draft that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and President Barack Obama becoming the first African-American president of the United States are a few of the things that impacted their lifestyle and view on society. History was made and as years continue to pass, for teenagers like Noah Viers, it means one step closer to reaching his dream of playing in the NBA.
Only a small portion of young ladies gets the opportunity to participate in pageants. Even fewer get the chance to win, wear a pretty crown and move on to the next stage after each round. For Hannah Roberts, this was not only a dream but one she made come true in being crowned as the 59th Miss Mississippi during the 2015 Miss Mississippi pageant in Vicksburg on June 27.