I'm the mother of one of the first student-athletes who left for the United States with the help of Sportlinx360.
My daughter Alice Genna graduated from North Carolina Central University with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
When she left in August of 2011, everything that is seen in American movies is materialized in front of her: a locker full of sports accessories, campus life, spring breaks. A student-athlete's life in U.S.A... All easy? No, obviously. College is difficult: wake up early for practice, hard coaches, continuous competition for a place in starting team during games, studying for a high GPA (average of grades) to keep the scholarship. Would she redo everything? I think so, it was an incredible experience. She is now furthering her educational experience with a master's degree in New York, in one of the most prestigious universities in the world for her specialization in Forensic Psychology.
To let my daughter go, quite literally put her on a plane and beg her to call me at every stop, when she was taken in "custody by coach", was not easy. But the joy of attending her commencement in pure American fashion (among tears, I admit), made me forget in a second the weight I suffered while she was so far away. I would redo it again immediately, in fact I'm already in the process of doing it again: my youngest daughter, Giulia Genna, left last summer, with her destination being LIU Post in New York. This time, I won't wait until graduation to cross the ocean: in September, I'll visit her for a few days during the NCAA Volleyball Championship, something that I could only see through streaming. Alice has had her difficult moments and I'm sure there will be enough for Giulia, but as a parent, I have the task to help our children overcome challenges and never retreat, because a true athlete never gives up and will always chase their dreams.
Finally, thank you to Jesica Umansky and Elitza Krasteva.
- A Proud Mother.