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    Renew Hope


    “It takes a village to raise an athlete.”

    Why did I often consider that phrase to be a cliché?
    Likely because, in my experience, someone saying that to me seemed like a fairytale dream   . . .
    I’m not trying to seem like a “for the greater good” cynic – but it sure can get lonely out there.

    Pumpkins, Fairy Godmothers and mice aside though – I have to admit I was wrong.

    -Great advice
    -Treatment at no charge
    -An extra moment to listen
    -Unsolicited support

    People do still care.
    It never has to be much.
    The smallest gestures have the ability to change an athlete’s outlook for the not-so-distant future.


    This is my formal note of appreciation to anyone – past, present and future – who continue to renew my hope when I’m nearing some proverbial edge along this amazing journey.

    First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus