If we look at all the people who have left a great legacy, all we see are powerful last names. What does your last name/s stand for?
Just to mention a few
Whether we know the game and rules of baseball, we have all heard the name: Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra. Besides being known for his sport psychology strategies, he was an outstanding athlete. Yogi said, “if you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them.”
My favorite sport basketball hollers the names of Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, but those who know anything about basketball history can’t miss out on the first woman to dunk n WNBA, Lisa Leslie. Talk about setting benchmarks right there. Besides, Taurasi and Bird aren’t only very well-decorated athletes, but they make a difference regarding equality in the world every day.
Let’s continue with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Allen Iverson, who all have tremendous basketball careers and resumes, but what makes them different from one another? Abdul-Jabbar was never much of a talker, he did his work, and the media wasn’t too hyped about his guy. Jordan got millions of people to wear his name. Johnson currently works to develop programs and support community-based organizations. He is showing how sports taught him to become a great businessman and right hand to the community. Then we have Iverson, who crushed his way through poverty with pure hard work to become an NBA legend.
When we talk about golf, we can’t go unspoken about Tiger Woods; he left a sportsman legacy few have managed to accomplish but a tragedy regarding his personal life. Annika Sörenstam, on the other hand, has always let her club do the talking, and she was merely out to try to get better at her sport while becoming one of the most embellished golfers in the world.
Besides having movies named after himself, Rocky Marciano did have the longest undefeated streak of all time in the sport. However, he was known for training harder than any other boxer ever. Then we also have Muhammad Ali, and we all remember the words, “I’m going to show you how great I am,” which also became the words in songs and movies. That leaves a stamp right there. I believe I do not have to say more about these two boxers.
and then we have a few more
I’m sitting here and trying to figure out how to introduce these two women, but I cannot formulate a sentence powerful enough, so I’ll write out their names, and hopefully, you will understand. Billie Jean King and Serena Williams are both extraordinary athletes, and besides getting through immense adversity, they established themselves in a man-dominant world. Serena once said she wouldn’t be Serena without Venus. So, I will put them all under one umbrella. They all showed sportsmanship, love, and resilience for the sport like no other athlete. They became equality advocates, and we will never forget their names. These two women were powerhouses beyond what measure.
Excluding Michael Phelps’s contribution to sports, especially swimming, he is now lecturing about mental health and what swimming did to him. It isn’t always such a beautiful path as the media presents, and Phelps does a great job of speaking about it out loud, trying to stop young athletes from going through what he did. Speaking of swimming, Gertrude Ederle was 21 years old when she recorded the fastest time in history across the English Channel, setting a tone for what women are capable of.
Whether I say Simone Biles or queen of gymnastics, it is almost the same. She became the GOAT of gymnastics after only 23 years on this planet and is currently a great role model for young girls regarding body image and self-worth. This young woman will have more to give the young girls who are entering the sports world daily.
Another relentlessly unstoppable force who stands for hardship, persistence, and resilience is named Lindsey Vonn. She became the winningest female skier of all time and invested in the next generations through her work with the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, which provides scholarships for education, sports, and enrichment programs. Talk about a legend creating a legacy.
Then we got the greatest sport in America, NFL, where Tom Brady is, without a doubt, the best player. On top of that, he co-founded the TB12 foundation, a charity geared towards helping his fellow athletes.
If you want to find a player that uplifted his country to the world stage in soccer, there is no other name to mention than Diego Maradona. Maradona was a symbol and representative of his people, and he showed the world that football was beyond just a game. Every kid who ever touched a football knows the name of Maradona and if you want to read a great article about Maradona, click here.
We got two names popping up in my head when I read the words “track and field.” Allyson Felix, and the best of all, Usain Bolt. Both set the bar where it should be and showed what the human body is capable of. They showed us dedication, sacrifice, desire, and love for their sport and where it took them. We all know the embarrassment Nike stood for during and after Felix’s pregnancy, during one of the most beautiful episodes of life, creating a life for her baby. I don’t need to say more about that but check out this.
They all had this in common
They all set goals they were striving for and did not let anyone stop them from reaching them. They had a WHY and it was often their families. But the emphasis was on their goal, they all had their approaches, but one word kept coming back: hard work. Nothing will be possible without hard work.
There is only one plan but many ways to get to that plan. Call it a plan, a goal, or a destination; it doesn’t matter. What matters is the journey. When you like the journey, the accomplishments come as a side effect. Serena Williams said, “you just never give up because you never know what can happen. You never know who you can inspire, and who you can influence.”
They also had this in common; from a young and hopefully very promising Connor McDavid, “you learn to stick with it. There are a lot of days where you don’t feel like doing it, or you don’t feel like grinding it out, but you got to do it. Those are the highs and lows of being an athlete, and if you want to feel those highs, you got to go through those lows now and then.
Until next week, what kind of legacy do you want to leave out to the world?