I was born in the Philippines and migrated to the United States with my parents and siblings when I was 5 years old. When I was in kindergarten my teacher went to our home to tell my parents that I was very social and talkative however, the other kids did not understand me because I was talking to them in Tagalog.
I found that playing sports, such as little league helped me understand English because it developed the ability to work together which fostered communication.
I continued playing sports throughout high school and what I discovered was improved communication.
After high school I enlisted with the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. I continued playing organized sports in Germany and interacted with other Americans and Germans. Because I interacted with others, I became more culturally aware.
After my enlistment in the military I joined the Los Angeles Police Department and worked various coveted assignments. Playing sports increased my confidence. My confidence allowed me to continue to strive for challenges in my professional and academic career.
Because of sports, I developed social and academic skills that are useful in life. Therefore, I believe in organized sports for kids and adolescence and I want to contribute to their success.