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When I was 13 I went from my home in Chicago to a prep-school (all boys) at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI (near Detroit). Our league was in Ohio. New York, Pennsylvania and Illinios. We had to travel to evey sports contest (by bus) and often that meant leaving on Thursday.
I was not the athletic type but I was interested in being involved so one of the Masters (teachers and Soccer Coach) convinced me to become the Soccer team manager. Normally the manager is looked down upon by the team but I wanted a more active role. Over my four years I managed Soccer and Hockey and earned three athletic letters. At the end of my Junior year I was voted by my peers to be the President of the Athletic Club (the "C" Club). This is a position normally give to a "super jock" like the capain of the football or basketball team and in an all boys school it was an exhaulted position.
This honor and duty was a great boost to my self esteem and I have gone on to other leadership positions in the military, business and civic and political arenas.
Thus, I got into sports through the back door but they helped me throughtot life. We are going to have our 50th class reunion in June 2010.
Robert J Braud
posted 3 years, 5 months ago
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