|Club||Hendrik Neumann||Berliner Hockey Club (BHC)||Berlin||BB|
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Player of the Year (U16) 2012
Rookie of the Year (1st Mens Team) 2012
Mens German National Team (Headed to Denver this year)
I recently made the German national team as the youngest player on the squad of talented players. However, when I was 15 and trying out for the U19 national team I didn't make it on the account that I wasn't good enough. I was defeated for a while after I didn't make the team, but I decided that I would work harder and make the next U19 and try out for the Mens team to gain experience. Who knew that I would make the Mens national team while trying out, and I have to say that it's a true honor to make one's national team, and to participate in the world games. What really needs to be said is that hard work and effort can dictate the outcome of one's dreams, just like it did for me. The only person that didn't make a U19 national team, but could still make the Mens national team...that's effort.
Even though I am an American citizen born in Newport News, Virginia and raised in Mcallen, Texas, I live in Berlin, Germany and attend a international school known as the John F. Kennedy School. I came to Berlin in 2009, my father was German and he wanted his kids to experience the German lifestyle. Reluctant in the first few years, due to lack of friends, I immediately began to enjoy Berlin and appreciate it as a multi-cultural, historical place where it eradicated my American mindset and allowed me to develop a sense of multi-culturism and an awareness of the world around me. I appreciate that developed sense of understanding along with my introduction to lacrosse, which I came to discover here in Germany.
As a player, student, friend, and older brother I enjoy being the role-model or leader that can provide people with healthy choices and decisive choices. As a defender on the field, it's my job to coordinate my teammates that are less experienced on the defensive end, and to give hope to a team that has lost its will to keep on fighting. During the U19 German Champions that was exactly how our team was, the hope to keep on fighting after the first half from a 8-2 deficit, had rendered our team almost incapable of thinking clearly. The reasons why were, "they're too good," "they always win," "we didn't even get to practice as a team." I'm an optimistic guy and this is lacrosse, the fastest sport on two feet, we were not going to go down like this. So, I told my teammates that we weren't going to lose like this, we came to far to back down, and I'm sure as not going to let the Hamburg players gloat in my face again. We came back in a firestorm to tie the game, and then lose it in the last couple of minutes. We lost, but it was the fight and the optimism that kept us alive. However, that's my lacrosse life, in a school related area I usually keep to myself, answer questions, debate people in controversial topics, and when it comes to group projects I usually take the head of the ship. I usually take lead because I can organize people into effective groups, I'm a likable person, I don't ask to much and I don't ask to little. Now, in a family situation it can be extremely difficult in dealing with two younger sisters, but I've learned that the best way to handle them is to show them affection and adoration. Through those two simple words I can produce a broad grin on either one of their faces, and it just so happens that I influenced them to play lacrosse without even persuading them. In essence, I have good people skills, and can be a leader on and off the field.
In Germany keeping a healthy lifestyle must be pursued by the individual. In Germany, lacrosse is not a school sport, yet, but it is a club sport and we usually practice three to four times a week. However, the entire working out part of a team is not considered, because Germany doesn't provide people with school gyms, or club gyms really. Each individual must submit an effort to become fit and go to local gym in the area. Therefore, it can be considered my duty to visit the gym at least 3 times a week, focusing on squats, dead-lifts, clean and jerks, and bench pressing. I concentrate on those four forms of working out the most, but I also add in a daily run, agility session, sprints, push-ups, and pull-ups during the days that I don't visit the gym to keep my workouts versatile. In general though, I enjoy running, working out, and sprinting, because even if they appear to be trivial and painful, my endeavor in the end will allow me to succeed on the field.
Growing up in a Christian lifestyle I've understood at a young age that helping other people and giving other's special privileges brings more to life than receiving. One of the biggest examples that come to mind would be our Foster Parent Seminar that my family, and others run every year. The Foster Parent Seminar is only for a day, and we receive an estimated 100 parents, and an estimated 300 kids to take care of. As easy as this might sound for a day, it isn't. The parents are taught what it means to foster a child that has lost his parents, or was given up at birth, they are taught better ways to raise their children that may difficult due to their past life. During the seminar focused towards the parents, the kids are split up into age groups, babies, to 6 year old kids, to 17 year old teenagers bordering on adulthood. We spend time with these kids trying to build a relationship with them, giving them fun recreational activities and outside sports to occupy their time, and make it a fun experience. In essence some of these kids will come back with their parents that can't go on expensive family vacations, and instead will spend their time at the Foster Parent Seminar. On the lacrosse side of things, I thoroughly enjoy helping the lacrosse programs at our school. Those being the U16 boys team that has been at the school since I started playing, the new addition of a girls lacrosse team to our school, and a new U12 boys program that teaches the younger kids the basics of the sport and prepares them for the U16 lacrosse experience. It brings me so much joy when I get to talk to kids that have just started lacrosse, and teach them lacrosse basics and theory. In essence it brings me satisfaction to help people, teach people, and to be a role model for younger kids. I guess I should really thank my family in the end.