The Road to Perseverance
By Paige Adamski
To be someone who succeeds in life, you must have one little character trait- perseverance. Perseverance means to continue pushing through adversities no matter the struggle. We can learn about perseverance through others who have faced many life struggles and how they kept moving even though life might have seemed like there was no end.
Winston Churchill- Description
Winston Churchill in his office
Losing To Win- Problem/Solution
The Noble Experiment- Sequence
In the year 1910, a baseball coach with the name of Branch Rickey, was traveling with his small-league baseball team. Most of his team consisted of whites, except for one black player, named Charley. When traveling with his team, Charley was rarely allowed to stay overnight at hotels. Branch Rickey, always furious, got tired of people discriminating against him, and insisted he stay in the hotel. He offered that Charley slept on a cot on his hotel room floor. The hotel agreed, and Charley was able to stay the night. Then, in the middle of the night, Rickey awoke to Charley’s crying. Charley was trying to tear off his skin, wishing he was white. This memory seemed to have a lasting impression on Rickey, because years later, Rickey decided to start a project, called The Noble Experiment. He wanted to prove to the world that blacks could play in the major leagues and be fine. He started looking around the globe for players who had the capability to take in all the taunting, pressure and violence he would experience. After lots of looking, Rickey finally found a man he believed fulfilled the many needs he was looking for in a athlete- Jackie Robinson. Rickey talked to Robinson, first as a candidate for playing in a black league, then after Rickey was positive he’d found his man, he spoke the Robinson about his real intentions; allowing him to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson was confused, excited, and scared, but willing to take on the challenge. Robinson and Rickey soon after, spent long amounts of time brainstorming the forthcoming events. Finally, in 1947, Robinson stepped onto the field as the first Black player to play in an all white league. That one step lead to people all around the nation to become inspired to make a change and revolutionize life as they knew it forever.