Sometimes dreams are never realized simply because they are never believed to be possible. For Alipa Peters, a defensive end on the Estancia High football team, possible should never again be in question after he spent the weekend in Canton, Ohio with Pro Football Hall of Famers, his coach, and the Legacy Leadership Project.
Estancia football coach Mike Bargas became aware of a mentorship program looking for young men with leadership potential who needed a little push, a little education in believing that dreams can be realized. The Legacy Leadership Project teams up with the Newport Sports Museum and the Pro Football Hall of Fame and pairs high school football players with Hall of Famers to help the young men expand their boundaries and expectations in life.
When the program graced Bargas' desk, he immediately thought of his soft-spoken, talented big man, Peters. At 6'2" and pushing 270 pounds, Peters' large frame belies the senior's understated demeanor and difficult circumstances. Bargas recognized his player's potential and new there was fertile ground to sow some seeds of potential.