Performance in sports, opportunities in education, and success in life are all interrelated. For me, sports gave me an outlet for my ADD growing up that helped me focus and perform in school. Academics lead me to Stanford, where walking on to the Rowing team unleashing a whole new world of inner strength, and confidence. A scholarship someone endowed for walk-on athletes also allowed me to stay training, win a world championship, and open more opportunities in life, career and personal growth. Getting into training can help "pay that forward" and raise funds for young people to do sports and pursue their educations.