T.J. represents another athletic-based influence. I met him in gym class of my junior year. For some reason, we melded well, always choosing each other for the same team and things of that nature. We joined forces for our first dodgeball tournament, with him asking me to be on his team, which needed players. To me, we made the second best 1-2 punch in my gym class career in terms of knowing the other person’s abilities, excercising good teamwork, and overall statistics.
The greatest thing I took from knowing T.J. was admiring him and the work he did. I played my best when he did and vice versa. I felt glad to know him, due to him being part of the “cool” crowd, a group I wasn’t much a part of that year, so I felt accepted. I learned teamwork from him as well, helping other people out to make them better.