I dribble basketballs. Since I was a kid I always had a fixation on ball control drills. Pistol Pete inspired me to create my own drills that I now teach privately to young basketball players and even some professionals! I also do personal training. Helping people crush their health and fitness goals is a very gratifying job. I love fitness as a whole. I have had the privilege of traveling all over the US and Canada to run marathons, host basketball clinics, and learn about health and wellness. Whenever I run in a major or Rock n Roll marathon series it’s incredible the amount of people that say they’ve been following me and are honored to have met me. I feel the same way. I’m so happy to meet people that I’ve inspired. It motivates me to continue on my journey. This weekend I ran at home in the Miami Half Marathon and it was a different experience. I made lots of new running friends but I got to run with people who have known me before I ever ran a marathon. I ran with family, friends from high school, clients and former clients, people who watched me grow up. Hearing how proud they are of me and sharing stories of “I remember when…” was such a special feeling. Wherever home is, there is no place like it. It’s so fulfilling to know I am making an impact in my city and am appreciated. I appreciate you even more!
For me running isn’t usually about how fast I cross the finish line. I want to help others along the way. Energy really is contagious. I can feel my energy spreading joy to others and in return I feed off of other people’s energy. Every time I hear a crowd roar, music blasting, bands playing, and bells clanging I want to do more. I can’t help but smile, perform crossovers or go between the legs and behind the back in stride. That’s what I’m there for. Everything in life is easier when you smile and my goal is to put a smile on as many faces as possible making their run a little bit easier. Something that made my run a little bit easier were the LaceClips I used on my shoes. I never have to worry about tying my shoes again! In many races I’ve had to readjust my shoe laces or have someone else retie my shoes on the side while I kept my dribble. Now that I am wearing LaceClips I no longer have to worry. I recommend them to everyone that either runs or plays basketball. Go to www.laceclips.com to get yours. My favorites are the D-Wade ones!
When I ran my first marathon I wanted to do it as a way to measure my endurance. That was exactly 3 years ago. I never imagined running as a way to inspire others, entertain crowds, or raise money for charity. I’ve even picked up sponsors along the way. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world because I worked hard to pave a way to do what I love for a living. I’ll be returning to Puerto Rico to host another basketball camp and plan on doing the same in Miami as soon as I find a facility. I will be making a hospital visit soon to brighten up children’s rooms that need some positive encouragement. There are more career days coming up and I’m also going to spend time with my friends at Our Kids to have a ball with at risk children in foster care. I always believed in giving back. I always felt fortunate because regardless of the struggles I experienced there are so many more people going through tougher times. I remember the people who helped me as a kid that didn’t have to. I try to pay them back by returning the favor to someone else. That’s what I would want. The world will be a better place if everyone spreads love. We are all capable in different ways. I dribble balls. That’s what I’m good at so I created my own charity “Doctor Dribble’s Helping Hands” to raise money to buy brand new basketballs and give them away to children either at risk, underprivileged, or sick and provide free basketball clinics for them. If you’d like to make a donation of any amount of money I’d certainly appreciate it and use it to make a difference in someone’s life. Donations can be made at www.doctordribble.com/charity and can be used for taxes.
Wherever you live, THANK YOU!