This past week, my wife & I welcomed baby Jordana into the world on the evening of 6/2. This experience has been the most tiring and emotionally draining of my life. But my god, it has brought us so much happiness as we navigate through these strange times. All that’s on my mind is how can I raise my daughter to be on the right side of history?
As social media allows everyone to amplify their opinion, we’ve heard from literally everyone on the protests. It got me to thinking about all the athletes who have been on the right side of history both today and in the past. I hope my daughter can emulate the qualities we’ve seen from these athletes as she navigates through this crazy world. You try to find the silver lining and search for the good in the world. As Mr. Rogers says, these are the helpers.
I want her to be like Megan Rapinoe and stand up for a cause that impacts her and put her all behind it.
I want her to be like Drew Brees and have the decency to hear facts from an opposing view and be able to change positions. Growth doesn’t occur without uncomfortable conversations.
I want her to be like Joey Votto and educate herself on topics she doesn’t know enough about in order to form a concise viewpoint.
I want her to be like Colin Kaepernick and not be afraid to speak up for those that might not have a voice.
I want her to be like Sandy Koufax and stand by her priorities without second guessing.
I want her to be like Jackie Robinson and break barriers where others have wrongly placed them.
I want her to be like JJ Watt and give the most valuable resource to help others: time.
I want her to be like Aly Raisman and use her personal experiences to fight for justice for others.
I want her to be like Mike and donate her hard earned money to causes of the utmost importance.
Finally, I want her to be like Serena Williams. To be the best at whatever she puts her mind to while blocking negativity.
The athletes above were/are the helpers and the people my daughter can look up to one day. They refused to ‘shut up and dribble’ so they could make the world a better place. I can only hope my daughter grasps these qualities and becomes a helper herself. She will. She’s the best.
And I hope I can be like Kobe and be the best girl dad I can.
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