Coach Jim Stofko of St Thomas More College was kind enough to share this letter with me. It is from one of his players this past season. I had the pleasure of meeting Matt earlier this year. What a tremendous young man. He spoke to our Conquest group with a few of his teammates.
To watch the video click here http://sportsleaderusa.blogspot.com/2011/01/you-cant-give-what-you-dont-have.html
I highlighted a sentence that hit me the most.
One player - one soul at a time.
God bless, Lou
Dear Coach Stofko and Family,
Thank you for all of your help and support in making my dream of representing the United States in our game against Mexico possible. Because of your generosity, I was able to have an experience of a lifetime and see what it really means to say we are blessed to live in such a great country.
The game ended with a final score of 48-7 in favor of the United States. I was able to meet many great people from all over the country, but what will always stick with me forever is the expressions of gratitude of the children of Mexico as they got pictures and autographs with me.
It just shows how things as simple as a smile, a signature on the back of their shirt, or the moment it takes to get a picture with them can make their holiday. The simple things can mean so much to people and with your help I was able to experience it first hand.
I also wanted to say thank you for everything this past year. I can not say enough about how great it was to have a coach that cared so much about myself and our team and or got to know me as an individual as much as a player. I have always had coaches who said they would help me with anything but you went beyond it all. I know you will always be my coach, but you became a great friend as well.
I knew I could always count on you to correct me or push me to be better, little differently than Coach H. would, but it still carried the same respect and instilled that desire inside me to be the best and to strive for nothing less than perfection. I will always carry that with me in everything I do in life.
Happy Holidays and God bless,
Matt Clark #40