I wrote this article about the phenomenal success story of NBA Forward, Caron Butler, approximately 7 years ago for Teen Vision Magazine, a publication of a South Florida Teen & Family Empowerment Program~ ReCapturing the Vision International under the leadership of Dr. J. Del Rosario.
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A Winner 4-Life!
It was Wednesday evening, June 16, 2002. The energy at the American Airlines Arena was charged as we watched the 2002 NBA Draft prepare to kickoff. There were lots of conversations, debates and even contests about who the first round picks would be.
I was sitting in Club Chivas with other Miami Heat fans musing over the prospects. I daydreamed about how wonderful it would be for our hometown team, the Miami Heat, to get Caron Butler. This was not likely because Butler was projected to be one of the first to go, and Miami had the 10th spot. Only a miracle or some serious dealing by Coach Riley would bring Caron Butler to Miami.
C. Butler was a top pick for many reasons: his athleticism, his speed, and his courage. And above all, the kid has “real heart”. I wanted Caron to come to Miami for all those reasons, and there was something special about him that caused me to have my fingers and toes crossed with hope. To me, Caron was already a winner, extraordinaire!
Against all odds, he is young man who has completely turned his life around. Caron story was like the classic tragedy of many inner-city youth, who find their place in the streets. Gangs, drugs, guns and jail are often the culprits of destruction that lead to the derailed hopes and dreams of many talented teens. Caron Butler’s life path seemed to be destined for the same road to certain destruction. But, the course of his destiny would take a dramatic turn.
While serving a sentence in a youth offender prison at the age of 14, Caron made a choice. He chose to defy the odds. He was going to become somebody in life, and he purposed in his heart that he would turn his mother’s tears of anguish into tears of joy.
This amazing young man made some tough decisions while in solitary confinement. His decisions and ensuing actions established a real-life example that no matter what your past has been, it may never be too late to turn your life around. It’s all up to you. Like the position he plays, Caron looked FORWARD and took the necessary steps to come into his destiny.
Others can follow his example and realize their own goals and dreams......
Hang in there…4-LIFE!
VMC for Teen Vision Magazine
Caron continues to excel in life. He is presently a starting forward for the Washington Wizards.
In addition to applying these principles yourself, please share and discuss Caron's phenomenal story with teens and young adults who need to believe that NO Matter What ~ they can achieve great things in life!