I’ve shared stories of getting backlash about supporting my young athlete in his pursuit of motocross, such a dangerous sport. Those who follow me see how I continue to support my young athlete even though others question my judgement. Why? Well because in my eyes, parenthood is all about the support we provide for our little ones, especially when it comes to athletics. I want to support Carter better than my own parents supported me in my dreams and goals. He’s young but even at such a young age, he’s determined and ambitious. I see A LOT of myself in him, in both of my boys’ actually. How could a parent NOT support their athlete so set on his or her goals?
What continues to drive me to support my Carter is knowing that he has the potential to succeed. We all do, quite frankly! We all have to begin somewhere and I often remind myself of that quote, “Every champion was once a contender that never gave up.” We are all just people starting from somewhere and wanting to go to bigger and better places. In fact, that’s what I see in all of those athletes as they wait for the gate to drop. They all have a common goal that bonds them together and drives them to love the sport of motocross.
I support these young athletes on and off of the track by reminding them that they have it in them to achieve anything as long as they stay focused and thirsty. Carter motivates me on a daily basis to take risks and to do what I believe in. I know I motivate him to not give up when he feels as if he’s the underdog, but he motivates me when he stays persistent. His persistence really paid off about a month ago when we drove in the horrible weather to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The morning of the race, a good friend of mine sent me a motivational speech. In a nutshell the speech’s message was “Expect To Win”. I took Carter under my wing and reminded him that he was a winner regardless of the place he came in at the race. I shared with him that I could believe in him but most of all, he needed to believe in himself. The night before the big race, we cuddled together and he shared his fears and I told him he had to push past those fears to achieve his dreams. This was his time to prove to himself his greatness and his true talent at such a young age in this dangerous sport. He listened intently … I saw it in his eyes. That look was different this time around. That motivational speech really hit home. This is the message that POWERADE shares with our athletes and I love their mission.
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Care to share: How do you support your young athlete?