If the Dream is Big Enough the Facts Don’t Count 心中有目标 风雨不折腰
I remember the first day I saw her playing basketball. I watched she managed to shoot jump shots just over their heads and into the net. The boys always tried to stop her but no one could.
I began to notice her at other times, basketball in hand, playing alone. She would practice dribbling and shooting over and over again, sometimes until dark. One day I asked her why she practiced so much. She looked directly in my eyes and without a moment of hesitation she said, "I want to go to college. The only way I can go is if I get a scholarship. I like basketball. I decided that if I were good enough, I would get a scholarship. I am going to play college basketball. I want to be the best. My Daddy told me if the dream is big enough, the facts don't count." Then she smiled and ran towards the court to recap the routine I had seen over and over again.
I watched her through those junior high years and into high school. Every week, she led her varsity team to victory.
One day in her senior year, I saw her sitting on the grass, head cradled in her arms. Quietly I asked what was wrong. "Oh, nothing," came to a soft reply. "I am just too short." The coach told her that at 5'5" she would probably never get to play for a top ranked team -- much less offered a scholarship -- so she should stop dreaming about college.
She was heartbroken but She told me that her father said those coaches were wrong. They just did not understand the power of a dream. He told her that if she really wanted to play for a good college, if she truly wanted a scholarship, that nothing could stop her except one thing -- her own attitude. And if the dream is big enough, the facts don’t count.
The next year, as she and her team went to the Northern California Championship game, she was seen by a college recruiter. She was indeed offered a scholarship, a full ride, to a Division I, NCAA women's basketball team. She was going to get the college education that she had dreamed of and worked toward for all those years.
It's true: If the dream is big enough, the facts don't count.
dribble vi. 运球
hesitation n. 犹豫
recap vt. 扼要重述
varsity adj. 校队的
coach n. 教练，指导
recruiter n. 招募者
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