Never Lose Focus
What is Perseverance?
Eric Legrand - Description
Jackie Robinson - Problem and Solution
Carry On - Compare and Contrast
Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett were part of the ESPN documentary, Carry On, which told their inspiring story of perseverance. Everyone has to face some hardships or adversities in life, but for Leroy and Dartanyon it seemed as though they came all the time and affected both of them in either similar or different ways. For Leroy, he had no legs due to the incident of them being crushed by a freight train, and after his mother left he was living with his grandmother. In Dartanyon’s life, other things had occurred like the fact that he was born with Leber’s disease and that he was homeless. Although they had many different problems, they were still able to connect with each other through their sameness. They both had disabilities that made their life hard and bonded together by each participating in wrestling during high school. Later on in their life they both graduated from a school that had an under 50% graduation rate for students. Even though this was a major milestone for the two of them, there was the sad fact that they did not have enough money for college. The ESPN interviewer, Lisa Fenn, that had been with them throughout this story and gained their trust decided to stay with them to help. She was able to publish the story and reveal it to the public, but once people had heard about Leroy and Dartanyon not being able to go to college, Lisa started receiving multiple donations from hundreds of viewers. This was able to give both of them a great head start, but at this time Leroy’s girlfriend had become pregnant and he had later became a father. While this was happening, Dartanyon had been brought to a special Olympic training camp for paralympic participants. Here he practiced judo and became great at it and eventually had the chance of entering the London Olympics as the nominee for the US. After facing the other country's contestants he won every match till he went up against the UK, where he lost but still had a chance to get a bronze medal. With persistence, Dartanyon fought through the other competitors and won the bronze medal. All the while, Leroy was there with Dartanyon to support him. So this is the story of how two “brothers” were able to connect with each other through hardships.
Winston Churchill - Sequencing
Unstoppable, Preparing To Win - Cause and Effect
Maury Wills, a player who never stopped working hard until he achieved his dream but it was what he did to persevere that made him one of the greatest baseball players alongside many hall of famers. Wills tried out for the Dodgers minor league and was recognized for his small height. Due to that, he was not able to play most positions but he was a great sprinter, pitcher, and fielder. There was one major problem that he had and that was not being able to bat which was very crucial. Since he could not do that, he remained on the Class D team and was not moved up for about 8 years. Every day he would practice hitting but there was still no triumph in his effort because Wills still had not been able to hit. Eventually when he did make it to a major league team, he still could not hit well and was taken out every game during the 7th inning. At this point, Maury felt like quitting and almost did until his first base coach, Pete Reiser, decided to help. The same thing occurred as Maury tried hitting every day but Pete was able to realize what he was missing, confidence. Pete decided to work on Will’s mental focus and then one day Maury Wills started hitting every game. Then after a couple years he was later known for beating the record for the most bases stolen. Maury Wills was a great role model for perseverance and due to his persistence he was given acknowledgement.