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THE STORY

THE DIFF3R3NT MOVEMENT STARTED IN 2014 WHEN DOM AND A GROUP OF YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYERS FROM A SMALL TOWN IN SCOTIA, NEW YORK MADE HISTORY. THEY GREW UP AND PLAYED THE GAME TOGETHER SINCE THE AGE OF 5. THEIR JOURNEY WAS FILLED WITH CONSTANT HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE THROUGHOUT THEIR CHILDHOOD. WITH MUCH SUCCESS THROUGHOUT THEIR YOUNGER YEARS, AS A GROUP THEY MANAGED TO HAVE ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL RUNS IN HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL HISTORY. 88-2 RECORD OVER FOUR YEARS INCLUDING A 27-0 FINAL SEASON AND THE FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SCHOOLS HISTORY.  DOM THEN ENDED UP ATTENDING ALFRED UNIVERSITY IN A SMALL TOWN IN WESTERN NY WHERE HE WOULD CONTINUE HIS CAREER. ALFRED HAD NOT EVER WON A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP AND HAD NOT BEEN TO AN NCAA TOURNAMENT IN 25 PLUS YEARS. DOM'S DREAM WAS TO BRING A CHAMPIONSHIP TO THE UNIVERSITY AND CONTINUE HIS PLAYING CAREER AFTER COLLEGE PROFESSIONALLY. FOR FOUR YEARS EVERYDAY HE WORKED TOWARDS THIS DREAM. HE SPENT ANYWHERE FROM 4-6 HOURS TRAINING EVERYDAY. PEOPLE ASKED HIM WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS, WHY ARE YOU SPENDING SO MUCH TIME TRAINING AND NOT ENJOYING THE COLLEGE LIFE. HIS ANSWER WAS SIMPLE, I WANT TO BE DIFFERENT. I WANT TO BE THE FIRST PLAYER TO LEAD HIS TEAM TO A CHAMPIONSHIP AND MOST IMPORTANTLY I WANT TO INSPIRE PEOPLE THAT ANYTHING CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IF YOU ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE AND PUT ALL YOUR ENERGY INTO SOMETHING YOU LOVE. HE WENT FOUR YEARS AND HIS FINAL YEAR HIS DREAM CAME TRUE. DOM BROUGHT A CHAMPIONSHIP BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY AND BROUGHT HIS TEAM TO THE SCHOOL'S FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT IN 25 PLUS YEARS. HE WAS NAMED THE LEAGUE MVP, HE BROKE THE 1000 POINT SCORING MARK IN HIS LAST GAME AND WAS NAMED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY. HE IS NOW PURSUING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL OPPORTUNITIES AND LOOKING TO LIVE OUT THE DREAMS HE HAS HAD EVER SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE KID. 

 CHALLENGES

OVER THE COURSE OF THIS STORY TOLD ABOVE, DOM HAS AND HAD MANY OBSTACLES TO CLIMB AND GET THROUGH. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE HE HAS HAD TO FACE IS HIS MENTAL HEALTH AND SEVERE ANXIETY. DOM HAS STRUGGLED WITH THIS SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE KID GROWING UP. HIS CONFIDENCE NEVER WAS THERE, HE CONSTANTLY OVERTHINKS, HE CONSTANTLY HAS NEGATIVE THOUGHTS IN HIS HEAD AND IT CONTINUES TO CHALLENGE HIM EVERYDAY. THE BIGGEST THING THAT HELPS HIM IS HIS VISION. EVERYDAY HE HAS THAT VISION, THE DREAM THAT DRIVES HIM EVEN WHEN IT MAY SEEM OUT OF REACH HE KEEPS CHASING IT. EVERY GOOD THING IN YOUR LIFETIME WILL COME IF YOU NEVER GIVE UP AND YOU NEVER GIVE UP. HE REFUSES TO GIVE UP EVEN WHEN THE TASK SEEMS UNREACHABLE. HIS BIGGEST ADVICE TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD IS DON'T AFRAID TO GET HELP AND VOICE YOUR EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS. FIND SOMEONE THAT WILL LISTEN AND CARE ABOUT YOUR WELL BEING. YOU CAN BE AT THE LOWEST OF YOUR LOWS AND STILL COME OUT ON TOP. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SPECIAL TYPE OF PERSON TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAMS. YOU JUST HAVE TO BE WILLING TO OVERCOME STRUGGLE AND WORK EVERYDAY TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF. WE WANT TO HELP INSPIRE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IF YOU EVER FEEL THE NEED TO CONTACT US FOR HELP WE ARE HERE. PLEASE CONTACT US AT DIFF3R3NTAPPAREL@GMAIL.COM IF YOU NEED ADVICE OR GUIDANCE FOR YOUR LIFE AND YOUR STRUGGLES. DON'T HESITATE WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

THE MISSION

OUR MISSION IS TO CONTINUE TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF EMBRACING WHO YOU ARE AND DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOU. DON'T BE AFRAID TO DO YOUR OWN THINGS OR GO YOUR OWN ROUTE IF IT IS WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. CHASE YOUR DREAMS NO MATTER WHAT IT IS OUR HOW BIG IT IS. WHEN PEOPLE TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN'T DO, REMEMBER IT, USE IT AS MOTIVATION, AND PROVE THEM WRONG. IF YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT IN THE WORK CONSISTENTLY AND GO THE EXTRA MILE, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. TAKE PRIDE IN BEING YOU AND DOING THINGS OTHERS AREN'T WILLING TO DO BECAUSE THE BEST DO THINGS

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