Beginner Boxing 101: Complete Lesson | New Boxers Welcome

This video was originally posted on the YouTube channel: Precision Striking

You will find more videos on similar subjects on our main site: Big Sports Blogs

Leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of this video and if you have anything that you would like us to cover in the future.

Through charisma and determination, Amazing Amy changing lives one by one

PEORIA, Ariz. – There are times in life, maybe a handful, when everything changes. A moment, simple or world shattering, slanting the past, shaping all still to come.

There are people who have the same effect, someone so generous, so genuine, so joyful, meeting them transforms perspective.

Amy Bockerstette is one of those people. Playing one hole of golf with Gary Woodland was one of those moments.

“Amy has a huge impact on everyone she meets,” her swing coach Matt Acuff said. “You can’t meet Amy and not be impacted by her.”

Parents of children with Down syndrome are often told what their children can’t do.

Joe and Jenny Bockerstette quickly realized all Amy could do.

She had good hand-eye coordination. Perhaps more importantly, she had determination.

It may have taken Amy a little longer to learn how to do things, but she was willing to work at it, repeating until she got it right.

Amy bowled, swam, played basketball, baseball and soccer. She took up piano, loved to dance, learned to ride a bike. She was a natural with a golf club in her hand.

Amy also had something else in abundance: Charisma.

Expressive and happy-go-lucky, she drew people into her orbit, making friends at school, in Special Olympics, everywhere she went.

Amy Bockerstette inspired Gary Woodland earlier this year in Phoenix. She watched live and celebrated Woodland’s U.S. Open win.

Teachers and counselors fought for her when things got tough. Football players carried her bags across campus. Love followed in her wake.

“I remember saying when she was five or six years old, this child changes people,” Joe Bockerstette said. “She has this sort of love and light everywhere she goes.”

Special Olympics were founded 51 years ago by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to change perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities. The sister of President John F. Kennedy wanted a better life and to create opportunities for children who were often bullied, isolated by their parents or institutionalized.

Special Olympics offered a world where people with special needs could thrive in ways they never had before, to find acceptance, confidence, a feeling of inclusion not exclusion. Parents were given an opportunity to be openly proud of their children, for others to see how special they were beyond their disabilities.

Amy’s story is a blueprint for Special Olympics athletes and their families.

Joe and Jenny provided the foundation for Amy’s success, encouraging and pushing her along the way.

Amy, through her own focus and determination, ran with it, earning multiple Special Olympics medals, a spot on her high school golf team, a college scholarship. She parred a hole with a PGA Tour player at the rowdiest hole in golf, shining in the moment instead of shrinking under the pressure. She was a keynote speaker at the National Down Syndrome Congress, writing the 20-minute speech herself.

Amy has become a beacon, an inspiration, a symbol of possibility.

“Doctors will often counsel new parents what their child may never be able to do,” said Rhonda Rice, engagement director for the National Down Syndrome Congress. “Here is an example of a young lady with Down syndrome and look at everything she’s accomplished. Amy is an example of inclusion. Just give her the chance.”

Amy’s story extends beyond the Special Olympics realm.

It started when Amy made the golf team at Sandra Day O’Conner High School. As a senior, she drew local attention when she played in the state high school tournament. National attention came when she earned a golf scholarship at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, believed to be the first college athletic scholarship awarded to someone with Down syndrome.

Amy Bockerstette, a 20-year-old golfer with Down syndrome, got to play the iconic 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and made par with Gary Woodland watching.

Then came golf with Gary.

Amy arrived at the Phoenix Open’s 16th hole in late January believing she was there just to meet Woodland during a practice round. When the diminutive 20-year-old in the purple shirt and white skirt got up and down for par from a greenside bunker, it sent reverberations beyond the golf-hole-turned-stadium.

Woodland’s career trajectory veered upward.

Known for his inability to close out tournaments, he won his first major title after his moment with Amy, relying on her “I got this” mantra to win the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Woodland made his connection with Amy a lasting one instead of a fleeting moment by staying in touch, even inviting her to join him – and the U.S. Open trophy – on the Today Show.

“She’s meant everything for me from a mental standpoint,” Woodland said. “The world needs more of her in it.”

Amy became a celebrity, zigzagging across the country, her parents barely able to keep up with all the golf tournaments, engagements, requests for interviews. She worked the red carpet at the ESPYs with ease, received a standing ovation and was mobbed by inspiring attendees at the National Down Syndrome Congress to find their superpower.

“My superpower is confidence and believing in myself,” she told them. “With your superpower, you can create your own purpose.”

Video of her moment with Woodland has been viewed more than 44 million times, a powerful message sent with each click.

Amy’s ability to focus, close off pressure that would make every day golfers shank one into the stands, is a stay-in-the-moment example for golfers worldwide to follow.

“That’s just Amy,” Joe Bockerstette said. “She doesn’t get nervous. The bigger the moment, the more likely she’s going to love. She has so many examples in her life of doing that.”

Amy’s sweetness, confidence, purity and determination are an archetype for everyday life, no matter how many chromosomes a person has.

“So many people could learn so many lessons just from how she lives her life,” Acuff said. “The abundance she lives her life and the joy she gets out of it, if we all live like that, we’d be far better off.”

Amy had a life-changing moment with a professional golfer. She changes lives every day just by being herself.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

HIGHLIGHTS | WP Boxing: Sor Rungvisai vs. Liukhoto

This video was originally posted on the YouTube channel: DAZN USA

You will find more videos on similar subjects on our main site: Big Sports Blogs

Leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of this video and if you have anything that you would like us to cover in the future.

Follow the FIFA Football Conference 2019 

The first-ever FIFA Football Conference aimed at analysing the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ will take place at the Palazzo Del Ghiaccio in Milan on Sunday 22 September, and you can follow it live with FIFA’s digital platforms. Attendees from more than 150 of FIFA’s Member Associations will include some of the pre-eminent coaching names in … Read more

Belgium stay top, Kosovo reach record high

Belgium remain top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after an action-packed number of weeks in international football which saw 78 friendlies, 74 continental qualifiers and 60 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers take place. Though the teams in the top ten remain unchanged, there has been some movement. France (2nd, up 1) and Brazil (3rd, … Read more

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish backing himself to get into England team

Grealish impressing for Villa Jack Grealish has had a solid start to the season with Aston Villa. The newly-promoted side haven’t had the easiest of times but do have four points from five games. Grealish has captained Villa in all five of their PL games so far this season and he does look as though […]


This video was originally posted on the YouTube channel: BFTB Boxing

You will find more videos on similar subjects on our main site: Big Sports Blogs

Leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of this video and if you have anything that you would like us to cover in the future.

2019 AIA Singapore Premier League: Home United vs Young Lions

This video was originally posted on the YouTube channel: Singapore Premier League

You will find more videos on similar subjects on our main site: Big Sports Blogs

Leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of this video and if you have anything that you would like us to cover in the future.

Niemann cracks top 50 for the first time after maiden win

Joaquin Niemann on Sunday became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour.

Another first for the 20-year-old: He cracked the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 50.

The former amateur No. 1 is now OWGR No. 50 coming off his win at the Greenbrier. 

The victory earned him full-time PGA Tour status through the 2021-22 season and secured him exemptions into next year’s Players, Masters and PGA Championship. 

Niemann is now slated to make his first appearance in a World Golf Championship next year in Memphis but can do so months sooner at the HSBC Champions in China if he’s still inside the top 50 on Oct. 14.

In Amsterdam, Sergio Garcia picked up his 16th European Tour title at the KLM Open. The victory advances Garcia to 32nd in the world and vaults him past Rafa Cabrera Bello (No. 42) in the race for the second Spanish Olympic berth to next year’s Games in Tokyo, behind No. 6 Jon Rahm.

The runner-up to Garcia, 18-year-old Nicolai Hojgaard managed to rocket up 622nd spots, from 1002nd to 380th. Hojgaard, who turned pro earlier this year, also secured himself a spot in the field at this month’s Alfred Dunhill Links, where he’ll look to further his nascent career. 

The only move inside the top 10 this week, Francesco Molinari jumped from No. 11 to No. 9, dropping Xander Schauffele to 10th and Bryson DeChambeau to 11th.

Here’s the OWGR top 10 for the week of Sept. 16: 1. Brooks Koepka, 2.  Rory McIlroy, 3. Dustin Johnson, 4. Justin Rose, 5. Justin Thomas, 6. Jon Rham, 7. Patrick Cantlay, 8. Tiger Woods, 9. Francesco Molinari, 10. Xander Schauffele.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Harry Maguire could be at Man United ‘for eight, nine or 10 years’ – Evans

Maguire joins Man United Harry Maguire made the switch from Leicester City to Manchester United over the summer. Man United are believed to have paid £80m for Maguire, a world-record fee for a defender. Maguire has started in all four of United’s Premier League games so far this season. While Maguire hasn’t been too bad […]