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Hi Gianni,

I'm not sure which is more inspiring for me, your website or the Sunday evening clinic.

I came to soccer rather late in life. I grew up a typical American, involved in baseball, football and basketball. I only played a little bit of soccer in college (back in the 1970s) and didn't get involved in the game until my daughter started to play micro soccer at the age of 6.

She is now 11 years old and we are starting our 6th year of soccer. I have been an assistant coach on her team for all this time. Our first coach was from Brazil and our current coach is from Jamaica. They both have taught our girls to love to play the game. I am so glad for many reasons. Mainly because it is a very healthy game to play and because it teaches the girls about being a part of a team and about accepting victories and defeats with equal grace. We won the championship in the fall of 2002 when we played Girls under 10 in the Viking League. I have never felt a prouder moment in my life than when I got to hand out the trophies to the girls, especially to my own daughter.

I decided to join an over 30 soccer team this fall, because I was tired of just standing on the sidelines and I wanted to challenge myself before I was 'over the hill' (Where is that hill, anyway?) I'm taking your clinic because I want to be competitive with players who are 20 years younger than me and because I want to teach 'my' girls the skills that you are teaching me.

I love your book. I stayed up late last night reading it. Like all great art, it moves me. I laughed. I cried. I identified with your characters and their issues. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter.

See you next Sunday,

Joseph Taylor
aka jmtbass
Posted on 03 Oct 2005 by coachgianni
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