“It really showed true perseverance,” he said. “It’s almost unheard of how he did all that, especially when you hear about the drug factor.”
They said they could relate to how sports can help young people who may not have a strong family.
“I feel like our team is like a family,” Stringer said. “We have each other’s back and coach (Mike) Kirschner is always available to talk. I feel like the other players are my brothers.”
Fields added, “The coach kind of becomes like a dad to the players who don’t have dads. He steps in and he makes sure we all go to college. He’s really there for us.”
Bracken encouraged the students to check out his website — sambracken.com for inspirational videos and tips on how to make goals possible.