In fifth grade, my parents were called in to my school and told that on the basis of an IQ test, I was being placed in the gifted and talented program.From then on, through high school, college, and law school, I was told I was .
As you can imagine, there were many choice words she could have said to her father at that point.
Once the cascade of congratulatory calls from friends and family ended, her father turned to her and said, “I’m proud of you.” Instead of the choice words, Duckworth responded, “Thanks, Dad.” In one respect, my experience was completely different from Duckworth’s.
The starter asked us to ‘Take your sweats off and stand behind your blocks.’ ‘Runners take your marks.’ Hands shaking, I crouched into the starting blocks. Sprinting as fast as I could in between hurdles, I found myself basically bunny hopping over the rest of them.
My goal was to cross that finish line and to be able to say that I did the very best that I could, even if I didn’t look very graceful along the way.
Sometimes you encounter hurdles in life – sometimes you have to adapt and alter your normal routine to clear them.
Then there are times you fall; the people surrounding you may gasp – they had been rooting for you.I began jumping up and down partially to stay warm, and partially to let out some of my excitement. Gathering all of the strength I could, I grabbed at the air in hopes of guaranteeing clearance.By this time, I had butterflies in my stomach and the adrenaline was pumping. I had just brushed over the wood when my foot hit the ground and my ankle gave out. I heard a gasp from the crowd and the other racers’ feet pounding past me. I had never gone over a hurdle with my right leg first, but I did after that fall. Texas Health Sports Medicine and the Ben Hogan Foundation are seeking nominations for the Ben Hogan Perseverance Award.As a hurdler for County High, I stumble upon some pretty tough obstacles each time I race; the same is true in life. Hogan’s devotion to the game of golf and his determination to control his own destiny, Texas Health Sports Medicine and the Ben Hogan Foundation have come together to honor athletes with the same determination. Hogan dominated the game of golf and is considered one of the greatest and most revered competitors in golf history. Hogan began playing golf and working as a caddie at the age of 12. Hogan’s life took a major turn in early 1949, when he and his wife were in a horrific automobile accident where they were hit head on by a bus. Hogan suffered numerous internal injuries and fractures which would plague him for the rest of his life. The Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance recognizes high school and college students who have overcome adversity or injury to return and excel in their respective sport(s). By age 17, he had turned pro and ultimately joined the PGA tour. Hogan played competitively but had difficulty with an uncontrollable hook to his shot. His doctors, fearing the worst, did not know if he would ever walk again, much less play golf competitively. Hogan set out to get himself back into the game he loved. But they haven’t given up on you-it’s now more than ever that they want you to succeed – it’s human nature to want the underdog to come from behind.In a moving preface to her first book, Angela Duckworth shared her story of growing up as one of three children of Chinese immigrants.He took a little time off from competition but eventually returned to the PGA tour in 1937 and became the tour’s leading money winner in 1940, 1941, and 1942. Hogan won his first major tournament, taking the PGA title in 1946 and then again in 1948 while also winning the U. By the following year, he was playing in tournaments across the country. The award must be used to fund the students’ education.