What are Ralph Cotran’s Hobbies and Interests?
Ralph Cotran, co-founder and co-owner of US Optical, enjoys the day-to-day operations within his company and loves coming up with new clever, creative, and effective marketing and sales ideas that he can then implement accordingly.
When he’s not busy with his business, Ralph also enjoys spending time with his family, including his brothers and mother as well as his nephew and niece. Ralph Cotran enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family and relatives, usually spent at large family gatherings with friends and family over a meal or barbecue.
Ralph Cotran loves to eat, and he diversifies his meals as much as possible to incorporate all of his favorites. He enjoys cuisines from all across the globe, with his favorites including American Italian, Chinese, Greek Lebanese, and French food, though his all-time favorite dish is sushi.
As much as he loves food, Ralph Cotran also likes to stay active. Sports have played a large role in Ralph’s life as a fun way to exercise and build camaraderie with fellow teammates, friends, and colleagues while helping you stay fit, in shape, and healthy. He enjoys participating in various sporting activities and regularly plays soccer, both recreationally and for a team. He also plays basketball during the winter along with his colleagues. Ralph is also passionate about martial arts and partakes in martial arts training. He believes that martial arts helps instill discipline in participants while also providing incredible exercise that can also promote inner peace. Ralph Cotran strongly advocates martial arts for children to help them learn valuable skills that will be important later in life. Owning and managing a business can be stressful and take its toll physically, but Ralph uses soccer, basketball, and martial arts to help him counter the stress and strain that he experiences.
Ralph Cotran has been using sports to help him find balance in life since he was six years old. As far back as he can remember, Ralph always had a soccer ball between his feet. As the son of a United Nation’s diplomat, Ralph was constantly traveling and spent a great deal of time living overseas where he learned that soccer was not only the sport of choice, it was a way of life for many people. Men and women young and old lived it and played it, but more than anything they talked about soccer constantly; they spoke of the accomplishments of Brazil, Italiy, England, German, Holladn, Portugal, and Spain and reveled in the feats and greatness of Pelé, Maradona, Rivera, Klinsmann, and many others.
As Ralph Cotran’s good friend and writer Rocco Saragusa wrote is his short story Ghost Kick, a tale about a group of his friends that played soccer on Saturdays at UCLA “…For anybody that has doubted the artistry of sport or had question of its purpose, and brutality should have seen the two of them perform—They would make converts out of the most devout skeptics. Always they were a beautiful Waltz, in the slowest most exaggerated motion…it began to take shape , intricate weaving patterns and no matter how prepared I was, the scheme a small masterpiece of motion was virtually impossible to detonate or holdback.”
In Saragusa’s story, Ghost Kick, he depicts soccer not in terms of grass and mud and running, but rather as an exquisite oil painting or a beautiful dance or even a fine symphony. This is the soccer that Ralph grew up with and the one he particularly enjoys; this is the soccer that created Ralph lasting friendships with many that continue to this day.