In 2010 my dad, Bill Behymer, passed away after battling Asbestos poisoning. As my brother and I stood in the receiving line at his funeral I remember thinking of all the good times we had, the majority of which were spent at the ball fields. We stood in that line for over two hours as 600 people, including many of his former athletes, filed through the doorways to pay their respects. They traveled for hours on a cold, blustery December night to say thank you. That night opened my eyes to true passion. My dad coached youth sports for over 40 years. It was the night of his funeral I truly realized the kind of impact he made on young lives. His ability to show compassion and caring was shown through actions such as picking up players for practices and games on a regular basis and taking in players to live with us that needed help. His passion and true motivation in life was to make a difference; he did this without regret or reservation.
I walked out of the funeral that night realizing I had done nothing to make a difference. This was the night that motivated me to begin to make an impact. Growing up I was raised in a home that had a passion for sports. My siblings and I played different sports and have gone on to achieve successful careers. Now don't get me wrong, I am not blessed with coaching talent. As a matter of fact I possess zero coaching talent. With that being said, I dove head first into developing a Fastpitch softball tournament called the Top Gun Invitational. This event has become a passion for me and a way to give back to the young athletes. I decided money was not going to be a motivator for me. I developed the Top Gun Scholarship Fund as well as the Top Gun All-American Awards to give something back to the athletes at my event. It was my goal to provide the maximum number of games and playing time that we could accommodate to provide the best experience possible for those participating. This tournament has opened the door for me to be a part of additional tournaments and for the development of a series of events called the USA Elite Select Series. (More on that in later articles).
Passion is defined as “a strong liking or enthusiasm for a subject or activity”
Passion is a motivator like nothing else; true passion comes from within. Passion is an internal drive to develop, plan, pass on, promote, labor for, wake up to, talk about and love. Recently I had the honor to meet with the USSSA Pride (NPF Team). This group of athletes has a passion for the sport they love that is very apparent, and projected. Meeting with USSSA Pride justified my passion. Witnessing the success of these professional athletes motivated me to the next level to continue giving back to young athletes and providing opportunities for them to follow their dreams.
Over the past year I have met many passionate people within the Fastpitch softball community. It is a game that demands dedication, quick plays, fast thinking, hours of practice and most of all, passion. Sport offers a unique opportunity to impact lives. Success is inevitable if your passion is to improve the community through your time and efforts. I applaud the men and women in America who dedicate their time to the youth of America. You are changing lives some of which you will never know.
Whether you have a goal to win a national championship, help all your athletes receive scholarships, develop the next great pitcher, or simply to just give your best to the kids in your area, I urge you to do it with passion. We have the opportunity to use our passion to “pay-it-forward” to the next generation. We have the opportunity to make a difference in an athlete's life. Use your passion to make an impact.
|Robb Behymer: Robb Behymer is the director for the USA Elite Select Series and founder of the Top Gun Invitational in Kansas City, MO. He is the Recruiting Coordinator for the KG Monarchs Fastpitch Organization. You can follow the Top Gun on Twitter@topguninvite or at www.topguninvitational.com|
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