Being a teenager isn’t easy. You remember those days, the peer pressure, the stress, and trying to stay out of trouble. A positive role model may help take care of those problems. It is my belief that when a teenager has a positive role model to look up to, they see that they’re goals are attainable. Teens can see that staying out of trouble can lead to a promising future. For those reasons alone, I encourage my 15-year-old son José to have positive role models.
My son has a couple of role models who he has been lucky enough to have met. José’s first role model is Olympic wrestler, Jordan Burroughs. You can’t get any more positive than Jordan. He won 3 Big 12 titles, 2 national championships, and the Hodge Trophy for his senior season of college. That’s like winning the Heisman trophy in football! Jordan graduated with a degree in Sociology from the University of Nebraska. He is also a 4 time World/Olympic champion, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2 time Olympian. He is currently in Rio, Brazil competing in this year’s Olympics.
José met Jordan at a wrestling tournament in Bakersfield, California. My son was so excited to learn that Jordan Burroughs was going to be holding a clinic after the tournament. I think that knowledge alone encouraged José to give it his all winning his first ever 1st place medal in his weight class. He was so happy to show Jordan his medal.
José’s other role model is Mark Muñoz. He’s met him twice. Once was at the same tournament he met Jordan at and again last week at Mark’s wrestling camp in Carlsbad, California. Mark is a retired mixed martial artist who competed in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
At Mark’s West Coast Wrestler camp, my son was able to expand on his wrestling skills and learned a lot more from someone he admires.
Knowing that José has these 2 admirable men to look up to gives me the confidence that he’s headed down the right path. With not only my encouragement but that of our entire community and family, José will meet his goals and achieve so much more beyond what he’s ever imagined. He definitely has a bright future ahead of him.