Every athlete that plays a sport since they were a child, at one time or another, dreams of playing in the major leagues (NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL, NFL, etc.). Yet very few get the opportunity to even get noticed to play in college, a major step (sometimes a requirement) before playing professional sports. As a child, I dreamt of playing in the NBA, I would idolize star athletes such as Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, and Jason Kidd; Obviously I never gained the appropriate talent to take myself to the next level. However, upon growing up and playing pick-up basketball, I met plenty of friends - some with amazing potential in the sport. Nevertheless, I recently caught up with one of my old neighborhood basketball friends, Dmitri Thompson, who is now living the dream in playing college basketball for a great school. I am proud to offer you guys his story, from Orlando to Elon University.
*I do NOT own these photos and I would love to give credit to the photographer but he/she is unknown. Dmitri has forwarded me these photos.*
#2 Dmitri Thompson, Elon University | IG: @Bigmeech_2014
High School sports are normally the first taste an athlete gets in true competition. It is also one of the first times in an athlete's life where they get to showcase their talents and skills to scouts, in an attempt to make their hard work be noticed for a greater future. Of course there are the exceptions with child prodigies, but usually High School is when the Athlete really begins to hone in on their skills and combine that with the maturation of their body. In this edition of the #ForTheLoveOfSport, I feature Jon Powell, one of University High School's premier athletes. I've known Jon for a couple years now, and it gives me great joy to share his story. Here is Jon Powell and his fruition. *Check out Jon Powell's Senior Highlight tape located at the bottom of this post.*
*All photos in this post were taken by Stephen Little | Flickr: Littlepix2*
#2 OLB Jon Powell, University High School | IG: @Thatdude82
There are incredible athletic performances then there are beautiful works of art, that tell stories about said performances. Sam Roman is a story teller when it comes to graphic design and photography. Residing in Orlando, Sam Roman has created a diverse portfolio, including works of art revolving sports. I got the chance to interview Sam, the creator of the Uncontested Shots logo, and I'm excited to provide his story. Read his interview below and check out some of his work, at the bottom of this page. Don't forget to follow him on instagram: @Sammyr.
*All photos included in this post were created/shot/designed by Sam*
Sam Roman | IG: @Sammyr
"The New York City Marathon (branded TCS New York City Marathon and formerly branded ING New York City Marathonfor sponsorship reasons) is an annual marathon (42.195 km or 26.219 mi) that courses through the five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest marathon in the world, with 50,304 finishers in 2013. Along with the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon, it is among the pre-eminent long-distance annual running events in the United States and is one of the World Marathon Majors."
Thoughts: As a native New Yorker, The New York City Marathon is something you hear about every year. It wasn't until this year however, that I actually witnessed the world's biggest race in person. I am now proud to say that this was one of the greatest sporting and athletic experiences that I have been blessed to see. Every single competitor is running the race for their own reason- whether it's to accomplish a personal goal, or to help raise money or awareness for a specific cause or person(s)- consequently makes each runners' story all the more beautiful. The sheer determination, effort, and intensity is left out on the pavement with each step the runner's take. More than 50,000 runners took on the prestigious course, and I got to interview 2 of them. Read more to dive into the stories of these participants and their experiences.