Football season is easily the most challenging, and most rewarding time of the year for Inland_Sports. While I love all sports for different reasons (kind of like loving all your children, but maybe in different ways), football season is a love/hate relationship for me. Long hours and lots of work … but it’s fun; so I’m definitely not complaining here.
But with football season on the horizon, the month of June is the “calm before the storm.” A time to catch your breath, reflect on the past season, and gear up for the next. With a daunting workload quickly approaching, sometimes you think “is it worth it?” While I’m normally pretty good at self-motivating, once in a while it’s nice to be encouraged from someone without the last name Fernandez.
Former Calvary Murrieta soccer star Billy Dedich (who was a stud football player too) took the time to pen a personal note and send a couple gifts from Dordt College in Iowa where he is now playing on the soccer team. The mug, soccer ball, and pen are great; but the note meant the world to me. Not to get all mushy on everyone, but it’s notes like this that fuels Inland_Sports. We’re not getting rich, and not trying to get famous; simply showcasing local athletes in a positive light and making a personal connection with them. It’s an incredibly kind gesture from a thoughtful young man whose character was surely cultivated at home with his family and at Calvary Murrieta. Take a look:
While Inland_Sports has the privilege of highlighting local athletes in the Inland Empire, kudos are also needed for all the coaches out there who spend countless hours and money out of their own pockets to support their players. Being a high school coach no longer means simply being a “coach” for a couple hours a day when at practice or a game. It’s a year-round job that requires “coach” to also be a father figure, counselor, fundraiser, driver, motivator, educator, and the list goes on-and-on. Santiago head baseball coach, and friend of mine, Ty De Trinidad shared this message with me (And I think I have his blessing to share this … because it’s out there now):
Coaches play such an instrumental part in their players’ lives, whether they know it or not at the moment. Something simple can make a lasting impact. Coach De Trinidad shared this from one of his former players:
Call me optimistic, but when you’re trying to do the right thing for the right reasons, it will all fall into place. Thanks to an inspiring note from Billy Dedich, I will be in the “right place” just in time for football season … thank you Billy!