I hated sports -- who would willingly submit to having hard round projectiles hurled at them? -- but my parents wouldn't believe me. "You're a boy! Boys like sports!" they kept insisting as I unwrapped Christmas presents of basketballs and baseball bats.
Denkmann Elementary School didn't offer gym classes, so they insisted that I choose something from the Parks & Recreations Department "Kids Sports" program. So I took judo lessons for three years, stopping only when the dojo moved to Davenport.
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