“Even though my Dad and Mom told me that I’m pretty good athletically, it’s still kind of scary because . . . sometimes you really just don’t think you’re the fastest or that you’ll last that long.
Especially in a track meet. I’m doing mid-distance . . . like 400 . . . so it’s a little bit worrying. One story I have is that I went to a basketball camp… [it] would be the first time I would actually [played] basketball games . . . four games a day, and then we had practice after those games. I was worried because I was like: ‘I don’t really think I am that good at basketball,’ because the only thing I could do was shoot, and everyone else can dribble and dribble through their legs, and all I can do is stand there and shoot. ‘What am I going to do?’ So the day that we got there I was scared out of my mind, but my mother told me that she saw me when we were about to play the first game… And she told me that I just went up there and did my thing and I had a bold face. She knew I was scared, but for some reason she saw that I was going to be fine and she told me that because of that, I was her hero.” -Matthew