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IMAGE ~MALLTOmpAPE.S,I.C. ALL CO.TE.T COPWG.TE0. ALL ~G.TS ~SERVE0. USE SUBJECT TO LICE.SE AG~EtSEm. ~PROOOCTIO., 01SSEtSI.ATIO., STOOGE, 01ST~BOTIO. PRO.IBITm bhhspage Football Therapy Improves Grades Lineman Learns More From Sports Than Just Tackles By Bryan Engler "Dumb jtmk" and "fl>othall meathcad" are only Iwo of thc clich0s I have endured as ~otbal[ playcn Bul 1 ~c~uid not give up pla)ing I\)r anything, hccausc m many ways, slJ(~r~s at Beverly liills High School has done m~,rc tot mc alan any d~,ctor I>~ medicine ~Ould Bef~lc high school I had a sevc~ case ol atteniion deficit disorder (ADD). This ct~dition affects Ihe aztcni~on span, making it ditlicuh lo fl]cus and content[ale My ADD was so bad tha~ many iSought Ihal I was ~ely [earning impaired and would not be a~le to succeed m regular classes, let alone honors and AP courses¸ It was not thai I was n'i capable bul rather [ was only able to concentrate [~r short periods or lime When sug- geSfion~ about medication came up, 1 tel'used Io take them because I didn't want to be dependent on anything to succeed When 1 entered summer conditioning for football my freshman year, I was shy, unmo- livated and easily discouraged¸ The only thing that kept me going was my hope ol¸ h~orning a part of something, h wasn'l until (he first time I tackled someone that I fell c°~fidence I was extremely small, about 5'8" and 120 pounds¸ Nobody ever looked at hie as One of the guys who actually was a "~otball player" The day lha( we suited up in pads for lhe first time sticks in my memory, l remember having to get fellow leammaies ~o come and show me how Io put my pads on and how reslrictive they I~lt. When il came lime to do lackling dri[l~ I was nervous¸ l lined up aCrOss from my leammate and prepared myself l(i break a bone¸ Then lhe whislle blew. 1 ran at full SlX:cd into the teammale and flatiened him. It was lhe m,~sl exhilarating feel I~g I have ever fe[I l fel~ powerlul and confident fl~r the firs[ lime in my life. From that ~lay on l had discovered my passion. It Wa~ the application of il~is passion Ihat has hdpcd ~nc Io accomplish goals on al~d ~ff Ihe field. I quickly learned that the only way Io do things was to work as llard as 1 ct~Uld and let nottfing sland ill my way. Within a couple ~1¸ weeks t was ab[c Io si~ down TM I~)rce Inyself to conccmrate iT~r exlended periods (1[TM time¸ As iny passion Ik)r sports grew, l developed the "whatever it takes" altiiudc. ] began to despise lailure io the poinl that I would push fllysel f to bc Ihe bcsl in whal cvcr I di(I A~ ~on as 1 became comfortable wilh this I began Io challenge myself with honors and AP classes as well as leadership roles in sports N~ longer did I look to sonleone for leader Ship> instead I grabbed lhe reins and took conm31. Just as importanl, ! had finally devel ~Ped true friendships¸ Some of my best friends today arc on the team and it is lessons that ] have [earncd Ihrough them that has changed me from shy to oulgoing. [ have become selLmotivated Within lime 1 was able to defeat my ADD by looking ~l rny goals the same way l looked at Iootball; the only thing that matlers is whelher you win or lose. I strove to win in everylhing thai I did. This scl~molivation has been Ihc greatest gift I have ever received. This gift comes from the foolball and baseball coach- ing staff at Beverly and my fellow teammates. • Made FRESH Daily THE BAGEL FACTORY SIMPLY THE BEST THE BAGEL FACTORY is your neighborhood bagel bakery serving Los Angeles Westside community by .. simply baking the best bagels in the city! THE BAGEL FACTORY features: • 14 Varieties of fresh baked bagels FA • Six varieties of cream cheese both regular and litc • Eight varieties of delicious homenrade sonny's soups • Incredible challahs cvmy Friday • Mnfl'ins, sweets, prcnli'au/ cofl¢eS and many more COME IN FOR WEEKIX SPECIALS FIVE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS l,os Angchs "~'¢sl LosA~gd¢~ 'l~rra.¢¢ Manhallan Beach llollywood °@° lito l 1P ,qflL dzlm Orkjinal I~erzion ~oPAne - Yoor H~mlthy ~hoice! Blwt, • Los Angeles {zloI 47O-3Z42 • {31m)~7o-91an • I~Ol 474-1"/oo BEER i WINE IF YOU'RE NOT A MEAT EATER; TRY oue r emLOUS rise eWmeES Catering for All Occasions! UP TO 150 I~ Offl Confenmc W kllngs. B~r-Bat HIt~mhs - Or an Intinmte Dinner for W~ d~,liv~ yore fqvodte I~'slan didos to yo~ without any ~ld~ional casts. Op4m 1~:30 g.m. - Ml~qht llt - Sit. 11:i0 Ix~ - 4 I.m. March 15 - 21,2001 * 15