Have you ever sat down to write a paper, or work on a project and spent some time staring at the blank page or screen? That blank page can be intimidating. It can be challenging. It can cause us to dream of all it could be, and instill fear of what we’re getting ourselves into. But when that paper or project is done, it is so rewarding to look back at the finished project and to celebrate the journey that took us from that blank page to the finished product.
It’s a new year, which means new opportunities, new challenges, and new blank pages staring at us. It’s a time to look back at the previous year, to celebrate the story that was written, and to look ahead and determine what we want to fill the blank pages with. It’s a time for reflection and for dreaming, for seeing challenges and opportunities.
For us here at MFA, 2017 was quite the story. As most of you know, in 2017 River City FC became a part of Michigan Sports Academies. Joining MSA meant new possibilities and also new challenges. After 4 years of pursuing dreams we had, and making decisions on our own, we became a part of a much bigger team. This invited a larger vision and a greater mission. This transition included teaming up with ABK, adding staff members, serving even more athletes and becoming a small piece in a larger puzzle. Our passion for teaching life through sports simply has a greater platform, and we will be able to achieve more together than ever before.
This was our story in 2017. You each have a story of your own. You have lives that go far beyond what we are doing. You have kids that are brilliant, creative, and just plain awesome. Kids that blow our minds on a daily basis with the tenacity and enthusiasm that they approach life with. Kids that are going to change the world. For that reason, the last year of change has been beyond worth it for us.
We don’t know what 2017 held for all of you. Maybe 2017 was a year of hurt and loss, maybe it was a year of victories and overcoming, maybe it was a year that brought the unexpected. What we do know is this; you each have a blank slate staring at you pleading the question “What kind of story will you write?”. You can occupy those pages with a plethora of things. We can only imagine what 2018 will hold; the breakthroughs our athletes will have, the challenges they will overcome, the improvements they will make, and the dreams that will come true. Today we challenge you to fill those blank pages with stories that evoke life, passion, and purpose- and know that we are committed to walking alongside you in that journey.
It’s an honor to serve you and your family. Here’s to a new year and to blank pages. #WHATSYOURWHY