My parents hardly had the time to come to my sporting events. I'd have to ask coaches and friends for rides. My parents
wanted to be there, they just couldn't swing it with their work schedules.
When I was old enough I started working. I umpired baseball games, cooked fries at Jack in the Box, and eventually got a job at our city's pool. I almost always paid for things on my own (i.e. haircuts, clothing, food at school, etc..). Instead of going to sports camps or playing in competitive leagues I worked/did leadership at school. It worked out because I got in to BYU, but I wish I had the opportunity to play more competitive baseball because I was really good at it. I only had the opportunity to play on school teams because it was cheap.