Show Your True Perseverance!
6 amazing people will show you the power of perseverance
Perplexed about Perseverance?
Losing To Win
Losing To Win is a short documentary on teenage girls with severe problems at home that go to Carroll Academy and play on a basketball team. The girls at Carroll Academy had a very tough life at home. Either their parents were divorced, in jail, or abusive. Many of the girls that attend have abused drugs at a very young age. Carroll Academy’s basketball team does not win very often. In fact, it’s rather rare; their last win was some time during 2005. At first this must have upset the girls, it must have added to the pressure of having a life at home they didn’t choose, but over the years they have come to realize they don’t really play on the team to win. They have realized they don’t need to win, because just playing on the basketball team with all their friends gives them the sense of a family and home. It gives them the feeling that they belong, and they don’t have to win to know that. In fact, losing gives the coaches the opportunity to teach them lessons. For some of the girls the coach is the closest thing they have to a dad. Therefore, the girls at Carroll Academy overcome their adversities by persevering and playing basketball. They lose basketball games but they win a lot more than they lose; a family, friends, and life lessons they will never forget.
Noble Jackie Robinson
Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard are some of the most famous, current African American baseball players. African Americans are common, even popular, on major league baseball teams now, but, the first ever African American man to join a major league baseball team was Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson has changed the course of baseball for African Americans everywhere just by joining the “Noble Experiment”. Though Jackie faced a lot of rejection in many different ways, he was told to keep his composure and head high, or he would just prove them all right. Some of these adversities, as stated in the “Noble Experiment”, were hostility from generally everyone around him, from the crowd to his teammates, cruel insults were tossed around like they are nothing, negativity from the press, and bean balls (pitches thrown to hit the batter's face) during the game. Though Jackie went through all of these adversities, joining the “Noble Experiment” paid off in the end since he has changed the world. For example, “Jackie Robinson’s Accomplishment Reached Beyond the Seats” an article by Michael Kinsman states, “Robinson showed us in definitive terms that blacks were the equal of whites in every aspect. He showed exemplary character and courage as a knockout punch to racism.” Therefore joining the “Noble Experiment” caused Jackie Robinson to go through many adversities but, as a result, he also caused equality in baseball, and made history by being the first African American to play in major league baseball.
Never Give In
People prove time and time again that you will face adversities, but you can overcome them. Jackie Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leroy, and Dartanyon have shown us to keep your composure and your head high through all adversities. Winston Churchill has proven tenacity and positivity can get you very far in life, and lastly, the girls at Carroll Academy have shown us that winning is not always the best thing in life. Therefore, by persevering you can get through all your adversities and you can reach your triumph.