Proud parents make the world go round. In all seriousness, they at least develop well-rounded children, instilling self-confidence, character, and feeling truly loved and supported. These are so important in raising a child.
For that continued support and love to continue throughout schooling then adulthood can really help in the maturation process.
“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”
Lady Bird Johnson (per Education.com)
There’s power in having someone truly in your corner to support and love you, whether that be a parent, loved one, mentor, spouse, friend, or guardian.
Okay, your brief parenting 101 is over.
When it comes to one of the best college basketball players the game has seen, Sabrina Ionescu, her dad called it before she even became a household name. Sabrina’s dad was proudly talking about her daughter.
The proof is right here:
Luka Dukich, Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox director of content, tweeted out this story of getting an Uber ride from Sabrina’s dad.
“He (Sabrina’s dad) told me his daughter was going to play college basketball,” Dukich said. “’She must be good!’ I said. “He turned to me and raised a finger and said ‘No. She is not good. She is THE BEST.'”
“Couple years later it turns out he was 100% right,” Dukich said. “She WAS the best.”
Ionescu was literally the best college basketball player in 2019/20, being named the “AAU James E. Sullivan Award Co-Winner (nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete)”, won multiple national player of the year awards, and was the first overall WNBA draft pick in 2020 per the Oregon Ducks.
Sabrina was also the “first player (female or male) in NCAA history with 2,000 career points (2,562), 1,000 career rebounds (1,040) and 1,000 career assists (1,091)” according to the Ducks.
Talk about foreshadowing or, really, just a lot of love and support from a dad to his daughter, proudly talking about his child and supporting her dreams!
Sabrina responded to this story:
It turns out someone else (Rico Avila) even had a “very similar experience” with Dan Ionescu (Sabrina’s dad).
Dan was doing his Dan dad things, you know, proudly talking about his daughter and wanting the best for her:
So many people loved this story and I’m sure you are loving this, as well. Shout out to all those parents out there who genuinely support their kids!
I know that having my parents in my life who are proud of me, being there for me and cheering me on has been a huge part of helping shape me into the man I am today. All that leading up to my wonderful wife who has been by my side through thick and thin, genuinely loving me for me and encouraging, loving, supporting me, cheering me on, and growing together with me. My parents would pray for my future wife. So grateful to God for this coming to fruition.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
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