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This past Sunday will be a day I remember forever. Our beloved Hawks did what everyone said would never happen. They brought Seattle our first Lombardi Trophy. Even after the magical season the Hawks had, people still said they couldn’t win the big game. Well not only did they win, but they did so in an absolutely dominating fashion. I had the privilege of getting to go to one of their training camp practices this last summer, and you could tell then there was something special about this team. The energy and passion they played with was unlike anything I had ever seen.
On Sunday night, I think anyone who watched that game saw exactly what I saw in training camp. A team who loved the game and each other so much, they would leave it all on the field with no regrets. A team who so appreciated their community, they would do everything in their power to bring us back a championship. A team who understands how to serve, so they spend hours upon hours of their time helping those in need. A team who gave this city something to be proud of, in a time where things have been dim. A team that showed us that while winning is important, the way you go about it is what really matters. A team that showed us having passion in whatever you do, is the key to success. A team who put Seattle back on the map.
I am so proud to be a Hawks fan. No matter what the outcome of the Super Bowl was, nothing could change that. I can guarantee that the rest of the 12th man would agree with me. So I just want to say thank you Seahawks, not for just bringing us a championship, but for letting everyone in the community be a part of this magical season. I can’t wait to see what is in store for next year.
This school year I have had the great opportunity of coaching a local youth baseball team. For years I have volunteered as a coach of multiple sports, but have never been able to fully devote my time because of other commitments. I was fortunate enough this year to fit in into my schedule, and am so thankful for that. I was brought on to this organization to be the pitching coach, which has been quite an adventure. It is great to see the passion that these kids have for the game, and since they are all 12 or 13 years old, just about the whole team wants to pitch. This has been a little challenging, seeing how they are all at different skill levels, but it has really taught me how to get the best out of each individual player.
The best part about coaching though, has to be seeing the pride in the kids eyes when they succeed. Baseball has been such a big part of my life forever, and I remember being at their age and wanting to play in college and beyond. I now have the opportunity to give back to these kids and do everything in my power to mold them to become the best they can be, on and off the diamond. Baseball is a tough mental game, with the best players failing 7 out of 10 times. It teaches you perseverance, hard work, and dedication. If you give up every time you fail, you will never be able to make it in this game. It teaches you so much about life. I have made some of the best memories in my life out on the field, and I thank God every day for that. Being able to go to practice with these kids lets me be a kid again. We work hard in practice, but we have such a great time. If I am every having a rough day, just being around brings joy into my life.
We have been practicing since last October, and we just had our first scrimmage this past Saturday. We played an older team, who was a lot bigger than us. The boys pulled out an 8-2 win though, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I know they have been working hard, and even though it was just a scrimmage game, it was good to see them proud of what they have done. I can’t wait for this Spring season and summer tournaments to start. It is going to be a great summer.
If you missed the #PackThePavilion game last Thursday, you missed quite an experience. Let me tell you first hand, it was rocking. We may be a small school, which you think would hinder the power of the student section, but this was not the case. Because we are small, we know each other well and support each other. Granted the result of the game didn’t turn out how we hoped, we all still had a great time. It is always nice to watch your friends get to play on a big network like Root Sports.
A big surprise from the game, however, was Tenino High School’s band that came to play. They seemed rather small, and to be honest, I wasn’t too sure what to think of us having a high school play in our student section for a televised game. Man, was I wrong. They absolutely rocked it. From pregame to the final minute, they had tons of energy and sounded great. I was so impressed with them and if it were up to me, they would be welcome back anytime.
As we start a new semester, the usual buzz around campus is about new classes and new year resolutions. But this year is different. Don’t get me wrong, there is much excitement about the new classes and seeing everyone again after break. But all of this is taking a back seat to none other than our beloved Seahawks. Literally everywhere you go in Western Washington, there is something about the hawks. Whether it is $12 oil changes for the 12th man, or tomorrow getting 12 cent coffees at Starbucks, or even McDonald’s now advertising the hawks on the face of some of their restaurants. It is crazy! I will be turning 22 this summer, and have been alive through our 2005 Super Bowl run, and way back between 1995 and 2001 when the Mariners were a force to be reckoned with. But never have I seen such a crazed fan based and just general excitement in Washington as there is now. Businesses are letting their normal dress code slip on Fridays so everyone can partake in Blue Friday. Even professionals on ESPN and other major sports networks have said they have never seen such a fan base as the 12th man. I truly believe this is because of the individuals on this incredible team.
Every year in every sport there are power house teams that just dominate, yet they don’t have the support that the hawks do here. So why do the hawks have such a great following? It is because not only did Seattle get blessed with individuals like Russel Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett, Marshawn Lynch, and Percy Harvin to watch play, but because these players, as well as just about every other player on the roster, care about the community. These guys dedicate all the free time they have to giving back to our community and taking care of each other. They realize they represent something bigger than themselves. They also couldn’t have come at a better time. Before last year, Seattle was ranked the most miserable sports town in a national poll. We were used to losing teams, and just had our hearts broken with the loss of the sonics. Things were not looking up. But then everything changed. I am a firm believer that sports can give people something to look forward to, give people hope. That’s exactly what the hawks have done. They have given Seattle something to root for again. They have given the greatest city on earth hope. They have instilled that pride deep down in all of us and taught us how to be proud of our city. I am proud to say that I am part of the 12th man, and no matter what happens, I will always stand by my hawks and my city.
When I came into Saint Martin’s as a freshmen, I really had no idea what the possibilities were ahead of me. I was sort of just thinking to myself that I should just try and get good grades, and see what happens. But these past 2 and a half years now have been a wild ride. The possibilities have been endless.
We just began a new hashtag at Saint Martin’s, which is #FromHereUcan. The goal of this is to show people outside of the SMU community what you can do with the help of Saint Martin’s. Each person’s #FromHereUcan is different, because we are all unique. I believe that God created all of us with different talents and abilities, and unique traits, and I love that at Saint Martin’s, you have so many resources to help you grow.
My #FromHereUCan is learning how to become a successful businessman, who does business the right way. Saint Martin’s has so many incredible professors and faculty who are always willing to sit down with you and talk about their experiences and give advice to you. I think Saint Martin’s has such an advantage on other universities because we are a small university so you get to know your professors and they are available to you, and at the same time their networking is endless. And in the business world, it’s all about networking.
I encourage you to come to Saint Martin’s and find out what your #FromHereUcan could be. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Since I have been at SMU, I have had the privilege of seeing the all the stages of the new Cebula Hall construction. I remember everything from laying the foundation, to having my business communications class in one of its incredible classrooms last year. From first-hand experience, let me tell you that this building is nothing short of amazing. The part about that the building that I am most impressed with, as a marketing and economics student, is the cost. The national average cost per square foot for LEED certified buildings cost right around $255-$260. Cebula Hall cost $225 per square foot. That is just incredible. But even more amazing is the fact that most college campus building that are not LEED certified cost around $275-$400 per square foot. That just astonishes me! This goes to show that if you put your mind to it, doing things “green” does not have to cost a lot of extra money. In this case, it might even save you some! http://www.stmartin.edu/whatsnew/MediaReleases/2013/20131014LEEDcertification.aspx
Incredible. That is the only word that I can use to explain what happened this past Saturday. Don’t get me wrong, the first two Galas I had attended, with Mario and Guy, were quite awesome. But just the overall feeling of this year’s gala was incredible. From the very get go, when Jeff Stokes began the auction, the generosity of the guests was very apparent. When the first item, the bar stools for the second course, were sold for $3,000 right off the bat, I knew this was going to be a night to remember. Our emcee, Elisa Jaffe, could not have been better. She was so happy to be there and she kept giving shout-outs to the social squad! And of course, our celebrity chef, Michael Symon, just made the night. He was so kind and genuinely cared about the students. He even came off stage at one point just to talk with the social squad. At the end of the night, we raised $960,000. That is not a typo, we actually raised that much! As a student here, I am so grateful. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!