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    Breathing rapidly in the icy cold air, rain dripping down my face but I barely notice. Goosebumps begin to appear on my arms as the anticipation intensifies. Then suddenly, almost without warning the whistle blows. This loud familiar sound lingers in the air around me. There is an odd calmness that comes after the first whistle blows, it’s a sigh of relief. Everything else that was once on my mind has vanished. I am here and I am present. Most of my life has been experienced here, on a soccer…

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    Have you ever made a half court shot? One day on a sad crummy morning in libertyville I had a soccer game. it was very early in the morning but i was ready to play some soccer! It was the last game of the indoor season for soccer. We were playing a team that we could never beat. My dad was the only one who came with me, to libertyville complex. When i got there i had to put on my shoes and warm up with my team. when i was warming up i heard the ref blow his whistle that meant game time. we got…

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    The football's governing body has reportedly decided to suspend a number of its high-ranking officials, most notably its out-going president Sepp Blatter and the president of UEFA Michel Platini, as the fight to clear football of corruption continues. It was first understood that the FIFA Ethics Committee would suspend only Sepp Blatter, but it now appears clear that the sanctions would also be used against Michel Platini as well as Jerome Valcke, the Secretary General of FIFA. All of them…

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    Matthew subtly rolled his eyes as his soccer coach yelled at him. He didn’t feel like he needed to be punished for being late for practice. He understood that their most important game was the next day, but he was tired. He had gotten home at 4 A.M. the previous night because of the Pulitzer Prize ceremony. It was a hectic night and he crashed as soon as he reached his bed. As a result, he had forgotten to set his alarm for the next morning and woke up two hours later than he was supposed to.…

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    The year was 1935 papa was 20 years old at the time, papa was full blood Indian very handsome man. Papa had long black hair and green eyes, he was defiantly a looker. Papas name was Martin Johnson at the time but he made a bad choice and went on the run so he had to change his name to Martin Jones. When he was on running he decided he needed to make fast cash, papa loved nice things and he loved the ladies as well. He would do anything he could to earn money as long as it was legal of course so…

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    We had very few soccer games during our season due to the lack of sign ups. Our second to last game of the season was today and the girls and I had heard the other team was tough. That night I eagerly ran into the soccer field and already saw about ten girls from the other team there. They did not seem tough to me just intimidating. Not all the girls on my team had gotten to the field except for Kassie and me. We were waiting for the others when we noticed a bus pull into the parking lot. More…

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    In 2015, I was headed to Uganda with 26 students. I still remember the cold air from the ventilation of the airplane and shivering not knowing if it was from excitement or being cold. Honestly i believe it was excitement because this trip would be my 3rd mission trip. It was early morning as the sun rose, my friend Riley and I took our seats. This was our third mission trip together, we have experienced el salvador and Panama but we did not know what to expect in Uganda. As we waited for the…

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    The FIFA World Cup, or more commonly refered to as the World Cup is a global sports event that is organized once every 4 years. The most recent World Cup is hosted in the largest country in South America, Brazil, which is held from the 12th of June till the 13th of July of this year. The event has caused many troublesome effects on Brazil as a whole such as, rising inflation, decreasing jobs after the event, and spending government resources badly. According to Oxford English Dictionary,…

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    Soccer season starts soon for my girls, and they each will move up a level, which means they need to master more challenging skills. My older daughter feels excited about the opportunity, but my younger daughter is convinced she’ll have a terrible season. To encourage her to embrace a positive mindset toward this and all of life’s challenge, I’m trying 10 positively playful strategies that can help her and your kids or students foster a positive attitude. 1. Try New Activities Although my…

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    Entering my sophomore year of college I now grasp the concept and understand what being a student athlete embodies. My freshman year, my grades were average and my time management was very poor. I didn’t prioritize things according to importance but rather what I wanted to do, so homework and sleep suffered tremendously. For most people, being a student athlete really means being an athlete first then a student. But what many people don’t understand is that being a good student now, will benefit…

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