Athletic stigmas be damned.
Growing up, dodgeball was one of Darius Soler’s biggest fears.
A game where the kids who bullied him for being “big and gay and effeminate” could all target him with plummeting balls? Hard pass.
One day, when Soler was dodging gym class, the teacher found him curled up in a bathroom stall, feet propped on the door to conceal his presence. The coach then forced him to go to gym and “everyone threw balls at me — it was all of them, versus me,” remembers Soler.