A Donor and a Champion
Life of a soccer player
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“A lot of people say I am already successful, and they congratulate me for my achievements. However, I only think this is the beginning,” remarked Won Doo-jae (Sports and Well-being, 2nd year). Won is the key player of Hanyang’s soccer team and one of the members of the national team, U-18 and U-19. In the summer of 2017, he has also joined the J2 League’s Avispa Fukuoka team, proving his competence. On top of his achievements, Won has made headlines because he has donated one hundred million won to Hanyang University (HYU), claiming that Hanyang is the place of his growth.
Ups and downs
As everything starts small and trivial, Won’s interest in soccer first sprouted when he was in elementary school. First regarding soccer as his hobby and the subject of his special activity club at school, he stepped into what later became his career path, unknowingly. Entering middle school is when he was determined that he wanted to be engaged in soccer professionally, deeply consulting his parents about his decision for the first time. This led him to enter a middle school that had a soccer team and that provided him the opportunity to receive lessons and training. This continued throughout his high school days.
By the end of his high school years, Won was put on the brink of going through a surgery due to his sports hernia (a symptom in the pubis are common to sports players). It was the time he was about to join the national representative’s team, so Won was put in a serious dilemma. His desire to join the team, in the end, overpowered his necessity to go through the surgery. Enduring both pain and fear of his symptom, he says, “was the most difficult time for me so far.” He postponed his surgery to a future time by which his symptom was not only on the right side of his pubis but also on his left.
Climbing the long way and overcoming hardship, Won became who he is today. He recalled, “I would say my professional debut game was the most memorable game of all. The game was held in July of 2017 against Yamagata, the home team of the league. I was more excited than nervous because I went through so much harsh training.” Won is currently taking a year off due to his tight schedule of matches and training. He had the urge to become an official soccer player so enthusiastically that it became his priority over academics. “I guess soccer was a louder call,” chuckled Won. He is playing in the league in Japan now!
Before matches, Won says he watches a lot of videos of soccer matches and listens to energizing music. Right before going to the match, he makes sounds with his hands to prevent himself from being too nervous. The secret to maintaining his stamina, according to Won, is running in the games, since soccer is a sport that involves a large field and the players incessantly run. “Participating in many games and going through training as a team beforehand helps to keep up my stamina.” During the game, however, he does not have the conscience to think about anything else but to focus on the game.
Shoot goal to the next stage!
“What I find attractive about soccer is its usage of the feet, perhaps the most difficult part of the body to handle, to maneuver the ball so freely,” remarked Won. Soccer is his passion, career, and life. He expressed his gratitude to all his coaches and especially to HYU. “Hanyang is the place of my growth” is what Won said when donating a hundred million won to the school. To elaborate, he described Hanyang as the place he grew up through activities and lessons. Just like he did in middle and high school, he met a great coach and received constructive advice and training that led him to become who he is. His times of acquiring skills and accumulating experience has surely seemed to pay off.
“My achievements so far are the beginning of my life. I believe there is a long path lying in front of me, and I can do better, infinitely. To reach my full potential, I’m never stopping or giving up!” cheered Won. His goal is to become a better soccer player than he is today, nourishing his potential with his passion. He believes there is no stop to improving, which explains all his hard work and relentless effort to pave the path that lies ahead of him.
Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
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