From shy and withdrawn to confident and successful: One Hot Shots success story

Addison Bunzel in uniform 2

ADDISON TODAY: Addison grew from being shy and lacking self-confidence to going to the World Cup Soccer camp and playing at a high level of soccer today.

Many girls cling to their parent’s leg, or hang back, hesitant to play a game or try a new skill during their first visit to Hot Shots.

Sometimes, that shyness and lack of confidence lasts another week or even month, but we rarely have had a girl who didn’t eventually blossom and become more confident, more skilled, and more excited about trying new and difficult things. They come to understand our motto of “trying your hardest to do your best.”

Here is a letter from a parent whose daughter was shy, withdrawn and not at all confident in herself. Today, she’s playing upper-level soccer and, more importantly, is an assured young lady with a healthy amount of self-esteem and self confidence.

Addison Bunzel in 2013 2

ADDISON IN 2013: She grew to love Hot Shots and even won the art contest for the best drawing in her class, which was then imprinted on all the girls’ T-shirts that they received at graduation.

Hi John.

I just wanted to say thank you so much for creating the Hot Shots program!

Addison played her first U6 “game ” this weekend. Because of Hot Shots, she had the confidence to go out there and play with teammates that have more experience. She even scored two goals!

We sang the Hot Shots song to get her pumped up and she wore her Hot Shots T-shirt (with her drawing on it). :). She is very shy in unfamiliar social settings and tends to withdraw if she is afraid of not doing well. We stressed never giving up and having fun. She participated the whole time and never gave up. I was more proud of that than her two goals. 🙂

Thank you so much for this amazing program! We look forward to returning next year.

Best regards,

Suzanne Bunszel


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *