How Can we Learn The Meaning of Dedication From Veterans

Over the past few days, I’ve been trying to define one word – dedication. All that I can think about is how many men and women that are Veterans that lived this day in and day out. They put EVERYTHING on the line for our country. Saying goodbye to their family, friends and the world they once know out of pure dedication to serving our country for “X” amount of years. Two close people come to my mind yesterday on Veterans Day, my step-brother Blake and a high-school friend Greg. Both of them have gone over seas to fight for our country, dedicating their life, leaving behind their wife and kid(s). Dedication can come in many ways. One can be dedicated to their job, hobby, working out or whatever they want to spend their “efforts and time on.” Whatever that/those “something(s)” may be in your life it comes back to the following
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Friends Are Your Family

As several of you know, I’ve had the opportunity to recently go back home for 10 days. Along the way I saw several friends, family and others including the NAGAAA family that I love dearly. Having the Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) in my hometown was life changing. I was honored that my AlleyCats welcomed me back with open arms. Most importantly though I enjoyed spending time with my best friend, being a part of the GSWS, seeing my cousin’s wedding, being there for my nephew’s second birthday party, catching up on life over breakfast or drinks with people I consider mentors and spending priceless moments with my mom and Pepaw. With that said, on October 13 I have a one-way ticket back to Dallas. I’ve realized that often times dreams and other “desires” aren’t the same without the friends and family that support you along the way. In Dallas, being around the people I
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The Power of One Event – NAGAAA World Series

As many of you know, there is one group of people in my life that will always be family to me. The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (N.A.G.A.A.A.). My journey began in 2011 when someone who is now a dear friend of mine, Steven Adams, invited me to a Beers & Balls when I was living in Houston, TX. Little did I anticipate how far it would bring me this far in my walk of life. After practicing with him, and going to a game I eventually started playing. My first full season with a team in Dallas, that was a start-up team coached by someone who is now on the Board of the Dallas chapter, Albert Morales. The 2012 season got my name and skills (Defensive Player of the Year) noticed in the league and I was picked up by Dallas Boom for the 2013 season. In 2013,
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