Inside Johnny Juzang’s Visionary Mission for UCLA – The Athletic

WESTWOOD, Calif. – Maxie Juzang walks into her son’s room and does a double. The boy had taped to the door of his closet several sheets of paper listing his goals, images, and positive thoughts. Many are related to basketball – Final Four, lottery, NBA championship, NBA All-Star – but many others are devoted to personal growth. A 13-year-old usually doesn’t have such thoughts, writes them down much less, puts them less where he can see them every day, but Maxie has long known her son is no ordinary person. The boy not only dreams big but plans big, and he understands that the only way to reach those distant destinations is through gradual progress.

This kind of thinking is the norm in the Juzang family. Maxie and his wife, Hanh, have three children, and like their parents, all of them are intelligent and active people. Johnny has a brother and a sister, but he is hardly a victim of middle child syndrome. His parents never had to tell him to do his homework or clean his room. He’s athletic, smart, and feels emotionally supported. Above all, he was extremely curious. “He always had a different brain,” his sister Lauren said. “He likes to work for things, and he doesn’t get distracted. When he sees something he wants, he makes it.”

Johnny’s hobbies start with Legos, cars and piano. He also loves basketball, but it comes too easily at first. He enjoys games but doesn’t have to practice. That changed when he returned to 8th grade and enrolled at Core Prep Academy, an integration program for elite athletes in Northridge, California. That gives him a much higher level of competition. When basketball got tough, Johnny became interested.

Around this time, he watched the movie “Secret,” which conveys a concept called the Law of Attraction. Inside Johnny Juzang’s Visionary Mission for UCLA – The Athletic

Chris Estrada

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