• Samuel Deguara

TIMEOUT: one day at a Canadian Elementary School

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

(find pictures below)

From the past, the beginnings of my basketball career, to the present, to the future- there is one thing that has never and will never change: getting inspired by happy and successfull people, learning from them, using their techniques too for becoming a better version of myself moment by moment, day by day and working hard to achieve all of my goals as they did with theirs. From Tim Grover, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Elon Musk, Tai Lopez, and so on, just to mention a few.

I am proud and thankful that I have reached a point in life, where I can share some of my experience with other people-that they are curious what I have to say and show, that I might help someone reaching their aims and becoming what they consider as better.

And especially when it comes to children.

I was lucky being born and living in such a stunning country as Malta. An tiny island in the middle of the Meditarranean Sea- clear water, clear air, healthy local food. However, even more important is that I was/am fortunate growing up in a family, supporting me as much as they could, from the very start. Definitly, I would not be the man I am now if I would not have grown up with such backup, teaching me that it is not all about money and fame, apprechiating the small things in life too.

I strongly believe that the childhood can cause so many positive (unfortunately and negative) effects on a human beings whole life, shaping it and forming a huge and important part of our lifelong personality.

This is why I love being invited to schools. It means a lot to me, being able to give my best to brighten up a childs day, to make it smile, to awaken curiousity and interest for something new in them. It is not only about basketball, my goal is not to make as many of them as possible dreaming about a professional basketball career. No, my intention is to show them, based on my example, that they can become whoever they want to be. That they can achieve goals other people might find crazy, insane or unreachable- no matter their size, no matter their nationality, no matter their skin colour, no matter their gender, etc.

"Children learn more from what you are than what you teach." - W.E.B. DuBois

One of these great days was a short time ago while I was training in Canada, Hamilton, a town next to Toronto. I spent half a day with a big class at the "Richmond Street School- Home of the Raptors" school.

The kids were super attentive, curious and polite, yet playful and funny. From learning about places and cultures all over the globe where I have played and lived with the help of online maps, to questions about their hobbies and goals, to amusing estimations about for example my height or shoe size, and so on. It was absolutely lovely working with them and I am thankful for this opportunity.

I am looking forward to many more events with children in the future- not only they can learn from us adults, but we can definitly learn a lot from them too!

Here are some impressions of the day at the "Richmond Street School":

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