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  • So for my elevation story, I want to tell you guys a little bit about my brother. He's ten right now, but when he was six he was home-schooled. And so he stayed home a lot, obviously, hung out with my mom, but he wasn't in an after school program so he didn't have very much to do. I mean he stayed home and watched Star Wars and Indiana Jones a lot, but other than that I mean he didn't have very many activities. Um, so you know we tried to convince him to you know play baseball, and soccer and basketball and he just, none of them clicked for him. He didn't really like any of them, he had a little bit of fun, but we could tell he wasn't super into those games. So (pause) um we just kinda sat tight and waited. But in 2009 when the Texas Stars hockey team came to Cedar Park my family started going to those games and you know hockey was brand new for us. We were born and raised in the south, never seen a game. Um so it was a new experience for all of us and we were excited and it turned out really well. We loved the games, my whole family um are major hockey fans now. But, um, Cory reacted very differently. You know, from game one you could see it in his eyes. I mean he just fell in love with everything about the Texas stars and the arena. He loved the rink,and the speed of the game and the intensity, all the fights and the crashing of the boards and yeah it's low scoring, but you know that one goal could be the game winner. So it's just, its a really exciting, upbeat game and you know after that, that's where he wanted to spend all his time. That's where he wanted to be, was the Texas Stars hockey arena. and um, so after going to a couple of games, you know, he told my parents, "I wanna, I want to skate, I want to learn to play hockey" and they were really supportive, but they didn't really think it would go very far. Well they were wrong, Cory worked really hard and for a while(pause) he just ate, slept and breathed hockey. That was his life. He would wake up in the morning and he'd turn on the NHL network and he would let it play all day till he went to bed while he played hockey, you know, in the living room and so you know it was just a really fun time to see. Well he's ten now and he is a phenomenal skater and he has worked really hard to get where he is, um, (pause) but looking from the outside in at that experience, you know Cory before that (pause) didn't have much going on, I mean, yeah he was six, but you know he didn't have very many friends and he didn't have, you know, something that could be his and hockey gave him, you know, something to be passionate about, it gave something to, you know, set goals and achieve them, something he was in control of and that was his. And you know he's worked really hard and he still loves the game, um, but you know his perspective of the game was completely different. You know, to me it was just another um high intense sport that, you know, I like watching, but Cory saw a whole different side of the game. You know, to him It was beautiful it was something different and it really, it really did kinda change his childhood I'd have to say. So, um, hockey gave my brother you know new possibilities and uh for where he was going with his life. So it was a fun adventure for him and that's my elevation story.
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