Evan Fischer – Minnesota Nomination & Photography by Erinn Letts Photos Issue 66 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: If I had to describe Evan Fischer in one word, it would be selfless. On his sports teams he’ll do whatever it takes and actively works to unite players and build unity in the programs. These leadership traits flow over into the rest of his life. In his family he entertains his younger siblings and also helps care for his aunt and uncles with special needs. He becomes the heart of everything he is involved in. Evan plans to play baseball at college next year. He is a true asset. They are gaining a truly inspiring teen.
Tell us about your basketball career. I started playing basketball at the age of 5 and just finished my senior year, which was my final year, and went out with a bang!
What do you love most about basketball and the team you are on? One thing I would say I love the most is dunking the ball because you just get up there and put it in the hoop. With my team, we were very hard working and competitive.
What is a favorite memory and/or accomplishment from basketball? My favorite accomplishment was being awarded All Conference this year in one of the hardest conferences in Minnesota for basketball.
What is your strongest leadership skill? My strongest leadership skill is holding people accountable and getting the best out of them every day.
What legacy do you hope to leave behind younger players? To play with heart every game, don’t be scared to mess up, leave it all on the court and play every game like it is your last.
What do you love most about being a senior this year? I love being able to be a mentor to the underclassmen just like the seniors were to me a few years ago.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss my friends, especially the ones I have become really close with the past couple years and the underclassmen.
If you had nothing to do and all day to do it, where would we find you? You could find me either at the gym, baseball field, basketball court or hanging with my friends and/or family.
How did you find and why did you choose Erinn Letts Photos for your photographer? Erinn is a mom of a friend of mine who I have played basketball with for years and she’s like a bonus mom to me. She’s always taking pictures of us at basketball and pumping us up, all while having fun. I knew she would do a great job capturing the true me.
What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? It was fun with being able to be myself and not worry about any specific poses she wanted. She was able to get great shots all while I was able to be comfortable and be myself.
What is your family like? Where do you fit in and where do you stand out? My family is very outgoing and really treasure each other. I fit in by being selfless, like my number one fan, my grandma, who very unexpectedly passed away a year ago. I stand out from the rest of my family with my athletic capabilities.
What do you love doing most with your aunt and uncle? I love just hanging out with them. We color, do chalk, listen to music and watch sports games. I love being able to be their role model and being able to spend as much time with them as I do, I have learned a lot about life and how to treat others from them.
What do you wish more people knew about special needs people and/or interacting with them? I wish people knew they can do the same things we can do, it’s just more challenging and takes more time. Also, that people would respect them as being people instead of making fun of them or ignoring them because they have disabilities. I have been lucky enough to be around the same group of friends playing sports that understand the challenges they go through every day and they make sure my aunt and uncles feel special every time they see them.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I am very passionate about sports, school, and life experiences. I am hardworking and always push through life's obstacles, never giving up. I try to set an example for others to follow. I also enjoy working with younger peers to help them with educational or sports challenges they face. I have a huge heart and find value in every person.
What else would you like to talk about? Many people have assisted me in developing my skills over the years. Allowing me to go to good schools, participate in a variety of sports and other activities, while making lifelong friends. My aunt and uncles with special needs have helped me to see life differently and to become more determined and being more passionate in everything I do. Life is not always easy. I am convinced that hard work will help me to achieve my goals and tackle the challenges I face.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I would speak about sports. From almost when I first started to walk, I have been involved in sports and I have met many people along the way, who have assisted me to get where I am now. They have all helped me to develop a complete knowledge for the sports I love. Whether it is a relative, teacher, coach, fellow player, they have all helped me in becoming the person that I am.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? To never give up and never be satisfied with the outcomes other people expect from you. Also, trust the process.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? I played soccer since I was able to walk, all through grade school and freshman year of high school. The past 3 years I have been lucky enough to give back and coach soccer at the grade school/middle school I went to.
3 Things on your bucket list: - Go to the Little League World Series, - Go to all MLB, NBA, NBA and NFL stadiums for a game - Travel the world.
Look for Evan in issue 66 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!