NBA all-star and Special Olympics global ambassador, Andre Drummond, knows all too well what it feels like to be an outcast. The athlete, who stands six feet, ten inches tall is known today as the Detroit Pistons’ big man but he recalls a time when his differences weren’t celebrated. He remembers feeling socially awkward throughout middle and high school. Because of his stature, Drummond stood out amongst his peers and they never let him forget it.
“Once you’re an outcast, you become the center of attention,” he said.
To overcome the uneasiness he felt with making friends, Drummond says he sought out kids who were more like him to hang out with. He never let the pressure of an awkward situation get the best of him.
He says: “When you push through that struggle – push through those situations that you feel uncomfortable in – you know, you end up coming out victorious.”