Identity Critique: “I AM NOT AN ASPIE”

Guest Blogger Morad Motamedi is a graduate of George Mason University Class of 2013 who majored in sport management. He graduated with a 3.7 GPA and was an honor roll student. His goal is to work in the sport industry such as a fitness center or a sports stadium.

My passion for sport has been a big force in my life. Sport has had an effect on my socialization and cultural expression. I am by nature a person who loves participation in sports and love being around people. Since my childhood, although I was very much interested in meeting people and making friends, for some reasons then unknown to me the opportunities never presented themselves. Early in my childhood, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is clinically defined as social communication disorder.

People with Asperger’s, I am told, have a poor self identity. Although I wanted to make friends and be part of a group, it must have been my inability to make conversation and communicate that prevented me to express myself in a meaningful and friendly manner. My love for sport opened the door to a very wonderful exciting world.

People with Asperger’s are called Aspies. I do not see myself in a different world. I have done mostly my communication with people through sports. Sport has been the main subject of my conversations, entertainment, education and social life. I travel often with my parents and wherever we go, the first place to visit is the main sport stadium in that particular city. I have been at TD Garden in Boston, Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Madison Square Garden in New York, Orioles Park in Baltimore, Football Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Olympic Village in Montreal, and University of Moscow Idaho sport facility.
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