Chicago has always been that big brother I always wanted. Chicago has taught me how to persevere through adversity and how to jump back up whenever I get knocked down. Chicago has always helped me focus, a walk along the lake clears my head every time. Most importantly, Chicago has pushed me to always work harder and to never settle.
This past weekend everything Chicago ever taught me paid off. Manbque, an organization I created with some of my best friends, finally got accepted by my big brother Chicago. I’m not one to ever get sappy, but I cannot fully put into words what it means to have something that I have devoted so much time and love into get recognized by such iconic, Chicago-born outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, WGN and JBTV.
I just wanted to take this moment to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. Without all of you, Manbque would not be what it is and would not be going where it is.
Thank you, friends and thank you, Chicago.