Congratulations Allie and thank you for Always Playing IV Each Other!
Watch Allie’s inspiring story of leadership on CBS Atlanta.
Excerpt from the APIVEO Player of the Month award ceremony;
Allie is a middle school student and basketball player at PEAK Performance. More importantly Allie is a daughter, she’s a sister and she’s a friend. Less than a year ago Allie’s world changed forever. She lost her brother, Tyler, to a drunk driver. Her family’s life will never be the same. The loss of a sibling, of a child, of a friend is not something that simply “goes away” with time. I don’t pretend to know why bad things happen and I certainly don’t try to justify this kind of tragedy as “meant to be.” And neither does Allie. Allie didn’t simply accept what happened to Tyler that night. Allie did what leaders do. She raised her hand and made a committed to make a difference. She stepped up to influence kids in a way that WILL save the life of another family’s “Tyler.” The best definition of a leader I have ever heard is “a person of disproportionate influence.” Allie is a leader. Allie is now a GA Teen Influencer for MADD. She is actively encouraging kids to turn away from underage drinking and to help stop drunk driving. Thank you Allie.
I’d like add one thing. There was something that I couldn’t stop thinking about while I was writing out my notes for today’s presentation. Has anyone ever heard the saying…”if you think you’re important, stick your finger in a glass of water, then pull it out and see if there is a hole left in the water.” Allie, Tyler left a hole in the water and so are you. Anyone that cares for and loves others will leave a hole in the water. Tyler is that important, you are that important and WE ARE ALL THAT IMPORTANT! Thank you for teaching me that. Now I would like to introduce the Atlanta Dream President and GM, Angela Taylor and the entire Atlanta Dream team, to present the APIVEO Player of the Month award for June 2014. -Brad Jubin, APIVEO