Ever since i have been a kid mr tong has always been

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committing obligations is one of the most important aspects to living a truthful life. Ever since I have been a kid, Mr. Tong has always been like a father figure to me, and I a son to him. He has never had any children of his own, which helps to explain why Mr. Tong and I have such a strong family-like relationship. One of Tom Tong’s most admirable traits is his generosity towards others and the community. In the many years that I have known him, he has always invested countless hours into others that he wanted to help improve; not just in sports, but also in life. Tom is an attendance dean and coach at Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, where he works from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. 5 days a week. After finishing work at the high school, Mr. Tong coaches the youth sports programs, which I participated in when I was younger, from 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. every night with no pay. Mr. Tong explained to me when I was younger that dedication and
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determination would not only make me a better student-athlete, they would also mold me into a man. As a coach and mentor to me, Mr. Tong has taught me how to persevere through struggles and barriers that I have and will face throughout my life. Mr. Tong placed 3 rd
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