Finding success after failure in sports – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Mollie Grinberg Claire gulped in paralyzing fear. It was a cloudy Sunday morning. The day that her parents planned to go rock climbing in the southeast, far away from her hometown in Virginia. “Claire, are you ready?” Claire snapped out of her daze. “Yeah, I guess so…”Her mother bent down to comfort her child. “You don’t have to go, honey,” her mother said. Claire hesitated. She would climb that mountain, even if it was the last thing she did. “Er, mom, can I go first. To get it over with?” A smile formed on her mother’s face. “Okay, if you really want to.” Soon, Claire was strapped tight to her harness and was ready to go. She started climbing fast to the top of the mountain. Halfway up, she looked down and gulped. From 3 feet in the air, she looked back up confident and continued to climb. At one point past the three quarter mark, one of the rocks broke and she dangled from one hand, clutching on to the rock. She was terrified and wanted to give up. But she couldn’t and climbed up all the way to the top. She grinned over the peak. She did it. Keep trying, and don’t give up. Just keep climbing the ladder of success.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine

Finding success after failure in sports – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Melanie Ades   All her life, Melanie wanted to be on the gymnastics team. That was her main life’s goal. She went to Aerial’s gymnastics every Friday to practice. She asked her coach if she can be on the team one day. Her coach replied, “You can be on the team if you practice more.” Every day, Melanie practiced a little bit more. The next week, she went to gymnastics. She told her coach that she’s been practicing more. “Now let’s see if you can do a back flip off the balance beam,” said coach. She did. Melanie was very excited. She got on the team. The team was having a rivalry against ACC gymnastics. She was nervous. It was her turn to perform. Melanie failed. She fell and embarrassed herself. Everyone on the team started laughing at her, which wasn’t nice sportsmanship. She thought she was never going to do gymnastics again. Melanie wanted to quit the team, but her coach wouldn’t let her. The team was having another face off. It was her turn. She fell again. It was a complete embarrassment. That was it. She quit. Her team was laughing at her thinking that she was never going to do gymnastics. Melanie went on with her life. After a few years, she looked back at the photos that they took of her during her turn. She started to cry. “I can’t give up,” she said. She went back to square one. She knew that she failed the back flip off the balance beam. She just practiced a little more. Instead of just going on Fridays, she went 5 days a week. After a while, she was on the team again. It was her turn. She was nervous. Guess what? She landed it perfectly. Everyone knew that they were wrong. She felt awesome.

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Finding success after failure in Sports – CLICK TO COMMENT

By Sondra Bukobza  There once was a basketball player who always played offense because that’s what he played since he was little. One day, the coach asked him to play defense because the starting defense was injured. He took the risk and played defense instead of the usual offense. He continued playing defense and, three years down the line, he got offered a college basketball scholarship playing defense. Even if you’re scared, take the opportunity. It might come only once.

This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine