Fred Schrom was my wrestling coach in my sophomore and junior years. It was big to me when Mr. Schrom used me to demonstrate a wrestling move at a school assembly. We had great athletes on that team like Louis Billips and Dave Dillon. Thanks to them, the team had a record of 10-1-1. I was not in their league and I knew it. When Mr. Schrom used me in the demo, it meant a lot to me. I was not as good as my star teammates–but I was good enough to be on the same team.
The confidence I gained through wrestling has helped me all the rest of my life, in everything I’ve done. I might lose, and lose bad, but I’ll compete against anyone.
My parents went through a divorce my senior year. I dropped off the team because I didn’t have the money to buy a pair of sneakers. Fred Schrom offered to buy me a pair of shoes, but I couldn’t take his money.
Fred Schrom was a hero to me and he made a big difference in my life.