Outside of Sports

Outside of Sports

How my family has shaped my life

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My older brother, my mother, and me.

While sports are a huge part of my life they are not everything. My family, friends, and even co-workers have played a crucial part in my life. I have been grateful enough to be surrounded by those who really care for me a support me in whatever I do.

To start, it was my father who has really made a huge impact on the person I am today. He introduced me to movies, music, sports and countless other things that really shaped my personality. My father is probably my best friend. He is the first person I call with good or bad news. One day I hope to be the kind of father he was to me for my kids.

My mother has always been there for me through the difficult times. She is the one that has shaped my beliefs and my thinking. She was always the one to drive me to the different basketball tournaments I had and never complained. I think that is the key to knowing my mom. She is the hardest working person I know and she will never complain about anything. It is inspiring to see that growing up and it has made a lasting impact on the way I put all my effort into what I am doing.

Next, my older brother. Yes we went through phases growing up were we would fight, yell, and jus quite simply annoy the hell out of each other. Now, we are the closest of friends. We have gone on camping trips together, we constantly talk on the phone as now he lives is Wisconsin. My brother is one of the most talented people I know. He is an artist that puts out amazing work and just to see how he is constantly striving to be better with each project. Seeing someone want to strive and work to be better growing up made, me realize what it takes to be great at what you do. You can check out his awesome work here on his site.

Here is one of my favorite pieces of work he has done.

Now probably my biggest supporter is my girlfriend of three years. Even though she may not care at all about sports she will get excited whenever I talk about what happened at the radio station or what happened with my beloved Chicago Cubs. She is always so happy and gets along with anyone and everyone. Seeing how she just loves helping people has really made me want to just always get better as a person everyday.

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My girlfriend and I at the State Fair. Seriously so out of my league its not even funny.

Last but not least, my co-workers. Working at KXnO and at Drake Athletic Communications I have been surrounded by some truly amazing people. I have always wanted to work in sports and be involved with people that I am inspired by. Working in radio and for Drake I am with people that push me to be better constantly and to never strive for just “ok”. It is a true dream come true.

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