When we see players in any sport in person or on our televisions, it is so easy for us to get caught up in the here and now of them playing in the pros. Sometimes, we forget about the hardships some had to endure to get to the point of playing at the highest level.
This became even more clear after reading New York Liberty’s Sugar Rodgers’ recent piece at The Players’ Tribune that detailed what she had to endure to escape the clutches of poverty.
I won’t give away the whole read because things like that are better read from the actual source, but it has to be read to be understood.
These are also the stories so many of us as sports fans cheer for—the underdog who did not give up and attained the highest level of success.
So many people today endure what Rodgers had to endure which is what makes her story so relatable. But so many people also do not allow themselves to be products of their situations which is why stories like Rodgers’ can be so inspiring.