by Alan Rollins, National Narrative Shifter, FII-Detroit
As I get older, I often recall the days of my youth. I remember sitting with my father watching baseball games, especially during the playoffs and World Series. My father was an avid baseball fan. He enjoyed every aspect of the game. I remember seeing the excitement in his eyes as I watched it with him. I couldn’t have been more than elementary school age as I think back. I just remember, that it was our thing to watch the games together. I became attracted to the contact sport of football when I approached middle school age. I remember my father watching me with excitement from the front porch of our home on the west side of Detroit while I played football in the streets with my friends from the neighborhood. We went from watching baseball together to him watching me play football. I credit him for introducing me to my love of sports to this day.
When I joined FII in 2017, one of my goals was to make sure my children were well rounded. I wanted them to have the opportunity to discover their interests through exposure. I would have never known my love for sports if my father would not have exposed me to baseball. One of the best parts of being a member of FII is how resources and activities are shared daily. It’s always a posting about family events and resources for families. I am grateful for the UpTogether forum for being a platform to find family events and activities that can have a lasting impression on my children.
This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to introduce my children to football at the Detroit Lions Family Fest event at Ford Field. I couldn’t help but think about my childhood watching baseball with my father as we entered Ford Field. My children were excited about receiving their first pair of Lions Thunder Sticks and used them like experts as they joined in cheering with the crowd while watching the scrimmage game. They enjoyed the face painting and couldn’t get enough of the popcorn. It was a perfect day and they loved every second of it. I was proud to introduce them to football and cherish the fact that they enjoyed it. I couldn’t help but to recall the memories of old with my father while making new precious memories with my children.
The National Narrative Shifters are FII families that want to take the lead on advocating for FII’s approach of direct investment in family initiative and fostering of self-determination and supportive relationships. National Narrative Shifters collect stories of the hard work and initiative happening in their communities. Using FII’s data to corroborate the stories and leveraging FII’s blog and media networks and channels, they are creating a compelling national story on what families actually need to achieve economic mobility. This story was written by one of our 2019 National Narrative Shifters.