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I Love... - Drew Snavely

October 1, 2015

How long have you been doing this?

I’ve been playing soccer for about 15 years now.

What initially interested you in trying this?

My mom was born and raised in Brazil so soccer has kind of always been around me and ever since I started playing at the age of 5 there has never been a time where I have not enjoyed playing soccer.

Where do you like doing this activity?

I prefer playing soccer outside on grass. Some people like turf but turf just isn’t the same. It’s not the way the game was intended to be played.

Fill in the blank- “My favorite/best achievement doing this is _______”

My favorite achievement through soccer is when I got to coach a youth boys’ team for a couple of years with my best friend.

Define success for you- what does it look like?

Success for me in soccer isn’t about winning games, sure winning is great and nobody likes to lose, but for me success is going out on the field playing with 11 best friends and knowing that you tried your hardest no matter what the outcome may be.

Who or what in this area inspires you?

There are so many greats that I’ve looked up to my whole life like Paul Scholes, Ronaldinho, Messi, but I think the player that inspires me the most is Andrea Pirlo. First of all he is one of the best passers in the game and when he is on the ball the ball is almost like an extension of his body and every touch or movement he makes is so fluid and beautiful. Pirlo is a class act on and off the field, a great role model for any youngster playing soccer.

What is the community aspect of this activity? How does it involve family or friends?

The community aspect of soccer is awesome. I’ve met so many people through different soccer camps, teams and even competitions. A lot of my best friends play soccer too. It is just such a beautiful game that it is easy to talk about all day with somebody or watch all day long.

How has this activity stretched, grown, or challenged you?

Soccer has taught me so many valuable things that have influenced the person I am today. Through soccer I’ve learned the importance of teamwork and being a good team player. I’ve learned important leadership skills through soccer and I’ve also learned that everything isn’t always going to go your way. That’s just how life is.

How does this activity make you feel (the process, the accomplishment)?

Soccer makes me feel alive. It’s so refreshing and energizing every time I go out to play. It’s almost like an escape from reality for me because when I’m out there playing I am not thinking of anything else that’s going on, it’s just me and the ball. Simply put soccer is a beautiful game to watch and to play. That’s the best way that I can describe it.



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