39-Year Old Proving That It's Never Too Late
One of the motivational sayings that has always resonated with
me is "it's never too late to become the person you wish you
I'm not sure Dave Zoni has ever heard that saying, but he's clearly
a guy who wasn't content with the status quo and decided to do
something about it.
Zoni, you see, is a 39-year old "sophomore" and lacrosse attackman
at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J. And while he has
to endure the expected taunts of "geezer" and "grandpa" from
teammates and opponents alike, Zoni is making good on a lost
opportunity from years earlier.
Here's a link to the full story, written by Jackie Friedman for
The Star-Ledger and posted on www.nj.com.
While reading Zoni's story, I was reminded of a
similar person that I encountered while working at Salisbury (Md.)
University in the late 1990s. His name was Tony, and he decided
that being 40-years old would not keep him from pursuing his
So Tony left behind his career as a police officer, enrolled at
Salisbury to get his degree in teaching, and decided, what the
heck, since he loved lacrosse and still had one year of college
eligibility remaining, he'd try out for the nationally-ranked Sea
Not only did Tony make the team, he soon became one of the team's
starting defensemen. And even in the days before YouTube, Twitter
and Facebook, Tony's story went viral. He became a media celebrity,
with features in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington
Post and The USA Today, among others.
The moment I realized that his story had truly connected with
everybody who has lamented the missed opportunity came
when a morning radio show in Oregon – over 3,000 miles from
Salisbury - called to get Tony as an on-air guest. He was a
sensation from coast-to-coast.
So Dave Zoni, enjoy your run as a 39-year old attackman at
Brookdale. Whether you know it or not, there are a lot of people
out there rooting for you.