Work Hard, Play Hard, Give Back, Repeat

by | Jan 9, 2018 | Articles, Entertainment, Photos

For the most part, we all know Dak Prescott’s story. A small town kid from Haughton, Louisiana with a big dream to play for the Dallas Cowboys. But that’s not the whole story.

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Prescott’s family, friends, teachers, and the coaches that knew him from his hometown all say that there was one thing about him that set him apart, his work ethic. And because of that, Prescott has been chosen to be the headliner at the 2018 Shreveport Times Sports Awards in which he will help distribute over 40 awards to 500 athletes.

“Dak’s work ethic and passion are in alignment with our talented prep athletes. Receiving an award from Dak Prescott for their exceptional performance on stage in front of their family, peers and coaches will be a special memory for our athletes,” said Judi Terzotis, president of The Times and the USA Today Network’s Gulf Region.

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This story resonates with me on such a personal level. Having been a college athlete with 3 young little sisters, their friends and teammates often ask me “how”. “How did you get into to Harvard?” “How did you end up captaining the women’s basketball team?” “What set you apart from the thousands of other female players?”

And in no way am I comparing myself to the success of Dak Prescott, but my answer is similar to his, Believe in yourself. Don’t dream small. Set your goals, and dream big now.” On top of that, and any athlete or successful person ever will tell you that some of it is natural ability, but most of it is work ethic. You don’t wake up one day and become the star QB for the Dallas Cowboys. It takes an infinite amount of drive, dedication, tirelessness, and hunger to reach the next level.

The Times are “absolutely thrilled” to have Prescott involved in the awards ceremony as he is a perfect example for these young athletes to follow. But I think Prescott may be a little more excited, having said during his football camp in Haughton last summer, “I was one of these kids — not too long ago. My dream then was to be where I am now — play for the Cowboys. I believed it when I was their age.”

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So there it is. DREAM BIG, but WORK HARDER. You never know whose story you’ll inspire and you never know how far you’ll go.