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Future Letterman: Sports Brings Families Closer Together

Very few extracurricular activities can bring parents and children closer together than a love of and participation in sports. Whether it be football, basketball, baseball, soccer or karate sports can bridge the gap. For parents that are busy with work during the week, sports and activities on the weekends is the way to spend time with their children. What brought my family together was watching and scouting football and basketball with my own parents and it is still something I share with them when we are all together. The world can be a crazy place and for a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays it is nice to be able to play and learn or in my case determine how to identify quality young men and women that excel on the field, court, and in the classroom. Both Zion Ward and Spencer Snow are Future Letterman and many people that were at the Letterman Media Day are fully convinced of that. fact. It was an honor getting to talk each of these young men and their wonderful parents

Families, over the past few years, have gotten their children involved in sports at an early age. We will meet two wonderful kids over the course of this article. Zion Ward, his father Steve and mother Stephanie are just three people that have been able to experience what sports can do for people. The honors for Zion on and off the field are impressive. In the classroom, Zion is currently in the second grade but reads at a fifth grade level. Being able to read at such a high level allows Zion to take fifth grade classes and he also stands out in the visual arts world.

Outside of the classroom, on the gridiron, is another area where Zion excels. While living in Western Pennsylvania, Zion dominated on the gridiron. During the 2013 season, Zion led the league in both rushing yards and touchdowns. On the offensive of the ball Zion was able to rack up 12 touchdowns. Zion rushed for 1,071 yards on 24 attempts which when you average it was an amazing 44.6 yards per carry. Zion tacked on one reception for 45 yards and a touchdown. In 2014, Zion and his parents moved near South Bend, Indiana and Zion continued to put up the impressive numbers.

Zion continued to put up impressive numbers in South Bend. During the 2014 season, Zion was able to play all over the field. On the offensive side of the ball, Zion had a total of 19 touchdowns and rushed for 1,125 yards on 45 carries. On defense, Zion was able to account for 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 16 tackles. The successful season that Zion had allowed the league officials to bump him up to an older team next season due to his skill level and terrific numbers. Zions work ethic is second to none and his success on the gridiron and in the classroom reflect greatly on his and his parents terrific character.

The same work ethic and drive that propels Zion Ward also drives Spencer Snow. Spencer does very well in the classroom accumulating a 3.25 grade point average in his studies. The list of hobbies the young man has is an impressive one as well. Spencer over the past 7 years has played both the offensive and defensive line and has the makings of being a dominant linemen for years to come. Former Arkansas Razorback C.J. McLain sees a great deal of potential in him and is enjoying the practice time with Spencer.

Spencer started playing football when he was 6 years old in his local church and from there he has continued to rise in the ranks. Spencers other hobbies include trapshooting, collecting old video games, and giving back to the community by volunteering. Spencers achievements on and off the field will continue to grow as he gets closer to high school. I have no doubt that Spencer will continue to do big things both on and off the field and he has success written all over him. Football fans in Arkansas would be well served to remember the name Spencer Snow, simply because they will be hearing it a great deal over the next few years. Zion and Spencer are both credits to their communities and they help make sports fun and the weekends great. Spencer and Zions families should be proud they are raising terrific young men who will do great things in the near future.

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