The Road to Perseverance
By: Teigen Nelson
Kid President- Description
Jackie Robinson- Sequence
Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919. He later moved to Pasadena, California where he grew up. Jackie attended UCLA and played 4 sports there. He was drafted into the army in 1942. In 1945 he began his baseball career playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. Jackie then got recruited by Branch Rickey to play for the minor league Montreal Royals. Shortly after he married Rachel Isum, a nursing student. A year later he began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers where his baseball career really took off. After suffering racial abuse in his first few years of playing for the Dodgers, he was awarded the National League’s Most Valuable Player. In 1956 he went to play for the New York Giants, but then decided to retire from the MLB. 6 years later he was admitted into the Hall of Fame. Jackie later died of a heart attack in 1972.
Losing to Win- Problem and solution
Carroll county, Tennessee is a very poor. The poverty and unemployment rates are high. Carroll academy is a school for kids who were court ordered there or kicked out of their normal schools. They stay there until they have improved and then are allowed back to their regular schools. Some are court ordered to play sports such as basketball. The Lady Jags basketball team has had 208 straight loses. They have won 6 games in the past 14 years. They solved this problem by just trying to work as a team not caring if they won the game or lost. Playing the game of basketball isn’t the only problem they face. They also have come across many other adversities in their lives such as, depression anger, alcoholic parents, and drug abuse. These kinds of things hold them back from opportunities in life and also put them in difficult situations.
They overcome these problems by playing basketball to keep their minds off all the negative things happening in their lives. They also talk to their coaches that give them advice and confidence. The outcome of being on the basketball team not only teaches them basketball but life lessons and gives the girls hope and inspiration for their futures and the rest of their lives. It encourages the girls to never give up, and keep persevering, if they triumph or not.