Be yourself. Being a champion involves making solid decisions. It matters who you listen to and who you trust. Northview Alumnus Alden Hirschfeld returned home today to share practical advice like this with our Leadership Academy members. He did not stop there. He went on to share with them another message, one of hope, as he talked about his lifelong dream to play for the Detroit Red Wings, and the adversity he has confronted…
After sharing his challenges with seizures, a knee injury, and the related surgeries, Alden told our students it is important to stay positive; when teammates, family members, co-workers see you continue to push and work hard when you are dealing with the tough times, that keeps the team together and headed in a positive direction. He told them, you control your work ethic and decision making. When times are hard, you have to decide how much are you willing to sacrifice to reach your goals. Alden shared that he has looked at his hockey teams like they are family, be it a Northview State Runner-Up squad, where he was named Mr. Hockey for the state of Ohio, Miami University, where he captained a CCHA Championship Team, or now the Toledo Walleye. He often asks himself, what can I do to make us better as a team?
One of Alden’s coaches said, “Great husband. Great father. In the game of life, Alden Hirschfeld is going to be a huge success.” After getting some insight into how Alden’s heart and mind work, we could not agree more.
Thank you for your time, candor, and wisdom Alden.
We wish you all the best. Keep fighting.
The Northview Family