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When Given A Chance, Anyone Can Excel

| March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

by William Manning

I was speaking to a group of Junior High Students in Duncanville, Texas about soccer tryouts. When I was finished an 8th grader named Mike Green walked up to me and asked me if he could play soccer.

999206_805540299459986_1916349853_nWhen this boy was two he had been burned over 85% of his body, and had only one eye, one ear, no hands, and half of one foot was gone. I looked to heaven and asked God what I should say to him. I didn’t want to discourage him, so I told him that he should try out, and if he didn’t make the team I would make him a manager, and he could practice until his skills where better.

Not only did he make the team, he played four years, and was part of the best team I ever coached! Mike Green was the hardest working kid I ever coached, and proved to all that no matter what you been through you can overcome anything.


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