“It’s Rocky! He never gave up. He was getting his butt kicked and like nah. Made a punching bag of him and he never gave up.”
In August William’s step dad passed away and it affected him to the point where he wanted to comit suicide. It tore a hole in him, but he didn’t know what was missing and how to cope.
Luckily, with the motivation and confident William attributes to his involvement with Street Soccer Seattle, instead of excluding himself in his room, he took it upon himself to be around people that motivate you, looking to his Street Soccer team. He states the two Street Soccer Skills: Take the Space and Look up, have been a huge foundation for getting through the hard time.
A teammate had been through a similar situation before and helped William to understand what he was feeling and how to cope.
“Street Soccer Seattle was the best way to cope with it, helping me to be better.”
When asked about his Street Soccer experience, William immediately responded, “Best experience of my life!”
“The whole thing. Playing in highschool, it wasn’t as impactful as being able to play with people who knew what you were going through. In high school I wasn’t going home to a family, I was going home to a dad that was cracked out and my mother was in a similar state. Other players where going home to something better.
“Now my teammates have felt the same way I felt. Like I would go home and get a whooping for no reason and players on SSS know that feeling and I can relate.”
“I Play For motivation and confidence”
Before Street Soccer Seattle, William had no motivation to do anything besides just going to work and going home. With that, his social life was so bad. “I had no confidence to talk to no body” he reveals.
“After this I feel cofident to talk to people and have more friend. I’m much happier.”