130 thoughts on “Athletics

  1. Jahmeir Lewis

    Beliefs In Athletics

    My belief comes from athletics. I feel like if i was not an athlete, I would not be who I am today. Being an athlete made me open up my eyes more. When I played pop warner football for the Taunton Tigers, I was thinking to myself that I will be playing with most of these kids during high school. That is how I quickly made friends when I entered high school. It was not just from playing football though. There was also basketball and track and field. All the opposing teams, we would all show each other respect at the end of the game, unless you really just did not like them. That is how you make friends from other cities. Knowing me, I am a very respectful, funny, and polite kid so making friends is pretty easy for me. During track, that was probably one of the easiest ways to make friends. There are so many people there for you to associate with. Going to big meets is when you meet people all over the state that you may see in your lifetime. You may never see them again. That is why I ask them for their information. Like ask for their snapchat, number, or instagram. Being included in a sports team makes me feel part of something. It makes me feel included and I can be that part that takes that team to the win or cross the finish line first. This is why my beliefs comes from athletics. I would not be who I am today if I was not an athlete. I would be a totally different person.

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    • Being an athlete really does change your life. I was just known as a music nerd, which I had no issue with, but I felt like being picked last on a team wasn’t a good feeling. Then I got involved in volleyball. Then game has changed my life forever. It’s such a great feeling hitting the ball because it makes you seem like you have a lot of power. Even though men’s volleyball; isn’t very noticed because it’s “a girl sport”, the bond made with it is amazing and I think everyone should get involved in something sports related because you make new friends.

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  2. I could not agree more! Being part of a team shows both children and teens how to bond with something they later call their family. Sports allow people to make lifelong friends and also allow you to learn important life lessons. Commitment is taught by having to show up to practice, games, and team dinners. You have committed to your team to be there for each and every one of them as they committed to you. Lastly, determination is taught when you may not get that skill the first time you try it but you continue to stay determined. After staying determined it shows that you can overcome anything with determination and effort !

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  3. Time Management and Athletics

    I believe that time management and athletics go hand in hand. Specifically, athletics can lead to having above average time management skills. During my four years of high school I played travel hockey, which took up a lot of my time. Most of my games were in the Boston/ New England area, and my practices were in Rochester, NY which is an hour and a half commute from my home. With all of this travel and time put into excelling on the ice, I had to make sure I was still achieving my academic goals. I always wanted to get the highest grades possible, so it was important to me that I completed my work to a high standard. I also believe that a social life is key to thriving in any setting. This was another ball to juggle in my busy life. It’s also hard to go out with friends without any money, so add my part time job during school to this juggle.

    Now with all this on my plate, it may seem like too much to handle. However, I accomplished all these things through time management. I looked at things I couldn’t change, such as my busy hockey schedule and my school hours, and I would work everything else around that. I would then set up my work schedule for the week and see what time I had left for my school work and social life. I wouldn’t waste my study halls when they were given to me, and I would often complete homework on my many trips to Rochester. After all that was done, I could use my remaining time to hang out with my friends and family and relax.

    I feel that if I did not have hockey pushing me to set my schedule so precisely, I would have fallen into the procrastination trap many students succumb too. I never felt like I was cramming in assignments or staying up all night studying. I hope to bring this time management with me to UMD and have a very successful, fun four years.

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    • I couldn’t agree more! Being a part of a sport taught me so much about time management and I wasn’t as stressed out as some of my other friends because I didn’t leave things to the last minute. I would always try to be proactive during school so that I gave myself enough time to finish my school work but also time for a social life. I’m very grateful for athletics because I think it did a very good job of preparing me for what college will be like.

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    • I can relate with the time management as I played 3 sports in high school and constantly needed to finish things on time. But with having a schedule and constantly being busy I was kept doing something so I didn’t feel like I was procrastinating.

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    • I feel that playing sports can benefit your growth as a person in so many aspects. They teach you things that will help you later in life. An example of this is an athlete’s time management skills. The balance of schoolwork and athletics is essential for any kid growing up. Especially once they start taking both more seriously. This is something that will prove to be useful whether it be in the workplace, at home, or in any other facet of the former athlete’s life. During high school I feel that I was able to develop this by participating in sports. Whether it was baseball, basketball, etc. I was able to complete homework and maintain good grades. Adding the social aspect into the mix makes things even more difficult. While trying to excel in the classroom as well as on the field was a challenge, but also being able to spend time with family and friends really tests how you can effectively utilize your time. The challenge of trying to juggle all of these things is part of what allowed time to be able to do it. The only way for me to successfully manage my time was to focus more and take each more seriously. If I concentrated more on baseball it caused me to want to do better in school, so I can play. By doing this it allowed me to have more free time to spend with friends and family. In general, if someone has a desire to play sports I suggest that they go for it because they will benefit from it later in life.

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    • I agree that athletics gives you great time management! It’s something that takes up a lot of time in our lives but when you are dedicated to a sport you learn how to make everything work. Along with learning how to make time for everything you also learn how to still put in your best effort.

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  4. Garrett Lane

    Hard Work
    One of my core beliefs that I have developed over the past 18 years from my athletic career is hard work. Growing up I played three sports a year and was always busy. I started off with baseball, basketball, and football, but would eventually shift from football to cross country and play golf in the summer. I was never a superstar athlete by any means. I was always pretty average. One thing I always heard growing up from coaches and other adult figures was to work hard of what you want. The phrase “hard work pays off” never really resonated with me. During my sophomore year of high school I decided I would make it mean something to me.
    I played on the JV Golf team my freshmen year and improved drastically. The next year my goal was to make a run at the varsity team. When tryouts came around I was as ready as I would ever be. I had a few days of pretty good tryouts but was still dropped back down to JV. I believed that there were some players who had made it over me that didn’t deserve it. So I decided I would work harder every day in order to become the best possible player I could be. I got a membership at a private course and played three to four days a week. I practiced almost just as much as I played. Not only did I make the varsity team the following year but by the end of the season I was one of the top three players on the team, finished eighth in the conference tournament, and was named conference all star. My senior year I was named captain and had probably the most fun I have ever had on any team. I guess this is where it finally hit m e that hard work really does pay off and one of my only regrets in life to this date is not learning that sooner.

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  5. Athletics and A Purpose

    Athletics will shape someone into who they need to be for the track of life they are pursuing and will strengthen and better their life and the lives of others. Moving on to high school and beginning a new chapter in life can be intimidating for most. For me, athletics created a portal where I could be comfortable in a new environment and create a new open minded perspective simply by teaching me how to be apart of something bigger. From the experience athletics has given me, it allowed for me to become successful not only on the field but also within the classroom and within my personal life.

    Team Core Covenants are created by the team and built off what the team truly believes will allow for a successful season. The term successful can be depicted as in a winning record or creating new bonds and new perspectives that will last a lifetime and truly change a person’s life for the better. My high school softball team built a core covenant that held us accountable for hard work and dedication every time we stepped on the practice field or game field. Not only did our core covenant take us to the South Finals, but it also impacted the way we took on tasks in our everyday lives. Athletics has trained me to not only give my all with every obstacle I endure, but to be able to constantly perceive life through an open mind. The lessons i’ve learned from athletics could not have been taught in a classroom. Being an athlete allows for a person to make independent decisions that will produce both positive and negative outcomes, exemplifying rights from wrongs and how to handle them on the field and within personal lives.

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  6. Zachary Leo

    “You Got To Grind To Shine”

    One of my beliefs in life is “You got to grind to shine”. Nothing in life will ever come easy unless you put the work in. I do not believe the saying “Practice makes perfect” is the best statement to go by because no matter what it is in the world nothing will ever be perfect. I grew up playing basketball and football in a community that is not typically known to have good athletes. Did that effect me? Yes it kind of did because compared to the rest of the people in the world I am not up against the best opponents to push myself to become an elite player. My dream as a kid was to always play football for the rest of my life, and eventually go to the pro league. I was not one of those Division 1 football players. I didn’t run a 4.4 40 yard dash, bench 315 pounds or even squat 500 pounds, I was a skinny kid who just loves to play the game. Even though there was obstacles in my way, like a bad high school football team who has only won 12 games from my freshmen year to my senior year that never stopped me one bit because in the end, the outcome of my future will be worth all that hard work I put in. Countless hours in the weight room and on the field will all eventually show and I will eventually shine because of the grind. Moral of the story is no matter what happens in life, if you do not put in the work you will never get the results you want.

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  7. I began playing sports at a very young age. I played softball, baseball, soccer, basketball, field hockey, and eventually track. These sports were my stress relievers. I would get to practice or a game and everything that had happened that day was gone. I would focus on the game and make myself better day after day. I did not have to worry about what was going on outside of that environment. My homework, my job, and every other problem was nonexistent. It was always easy to get away from my problems and just focus on what was going on around me. I always was tired after the workouts but they made me stronger. Field hockey was the most stress relieving because I ran all of the time and there was not a lot of down time. We would run many laps a day and once practice started we would not get much time to stand around. This allowed me to think about the game and I did not have to think about the work that I had waiting for me at home. Track was similar but there was much more down time. As a thrower, I would do about 10 throws with each of my events, so I would be done with practice in about an hour. Field hockey was a much longer workout but it was also more fun so it would go by quicker. I believe that sports are an important part of education and that everyone who can participate should.

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    • Sports is the biggest stress relief I agree. Not only do the emotional aspects of it help clear your mind but you can also rid yourself of the physical tension your stress put on you. I also played several sports: baseball, softball, soccer, field hockey, track, basketball and archery. Without them growing up life would have been a mess!

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    • I agree. There’s no better feeling than walking into a sports gym, and letting all your emotions out through your play. It’s like a sanctuary.

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  8. I believe that if I never picked up a baseball bat and glove I would not be furthering my education to college, heck, I would have barely graduated high school, I was generally a shy kid for most of my life did not really speak to anyone, I’ve played ball my whole life; since I was four, but never took it intensely until I was about 8 or 9. I wasn’t a great student at the time, I barely passed my classes doing the bare minimum “what’s that Ms.? I need a 28 to pass for the year? Ok, I’ll get the 28, rather than the student I am now where it is more like, “what’s that Ms.? I’m passing for the year with a 98 and do not have to take the final? Sweet!” And I give baseball full credit for that, mainly when I got to middle school because if I did not pass I could not play, same thing in high school, and I did not want to stress about my classes while playing because I would not have played as well if I was stressing about having to do an assignment that is 3 days late but, my teacher is letting me do it so instead I would hand assignments in early so while everyone else was doing it I could be studying for the upcoming test, or be working on the upcoming assignments, baseball helped me graduate high school on the honor roll, and I am extremely grateful for that, and I’m sure it will help me in college. This is what I believe

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  9. Cameron Nataly

    Most of my beliefs and values come from when I was being raised playing football, and baseball. One of my major values is to respect your competitors just as much as you respect your mentors and your co-workers. I learned how valuable this was mainly from football, My head coach, whom has been like a father to me, was talking to my teammates and I about how in order to be successful in life and during the season we needed to understand how hard the other teams were working to prepare to face us and to best them in their attempt we must find it in ourselves and in each other to work harder. We would admire the work put in by the other team in the aspect that it would make us all work harder and accomplish more because we put in the extra effort in the correct way.
    Another value that I have that I can thank because of sports is that you can never judge someone or something by your first impression. Also to never let someone’s opinion of you define who you may become. This one comes mainly from when my baseball team was scouted as on of the worst teams in our league and by the end of the season my team was league champions at a 26-2 record. Not only did we surprise the rest of the league but also ourselves. From that moment on I never let someone’s thought dictate who I knew I was going to become, it only gave me the extra boost to prove them incorrect.
    My Final major value that I can hold dearly to sports is that you should never be afraid to pour your heart into something that you hold dearly. I can that all of my previous sports for this as it has taught me that you may get hurt by the things you love but that you should never be afraid to try again and get the outcome you wish for and that you will get knocked down. But it isn’t the amount of times you get knocked down that matters, it is the amount of times you are willing to get back up, face adversity, and try for the outcome that is wished.
    I can not thank sports enough for what it has done for me. I just hope that everyone gets to learn the values that I have learned by them.

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  10. At a young age, I believed in myself. I was heavily motivated with a ball among my feet, I felt unstoppable. I had always felt like I had an edge on the pitch (field) and that was partly because of my fathers motivation and constant family encouragement. I Believed when I was younger my competition was my motivation, and I was right. It empowered me to become the person I am today, A very successful, driven, empowered young athlete with a highly competetive mindset. Without my motivation, I would not be the person I am right now. It was my dream of being a collegiate athlete, and it was that mindset that kept me on the right path. I believe in courage. Growing up, drugs and alcohol and social norms plagued the youth and drove them to seek metaphorical foreign dark places that not one should encounter as a child, and it was my courage that helped me say no. It was my courage that drove me away from feeling the need to fit in, and I am thankful for my decisions. I believe in confidence. The older I got, the more my confidence increased. I felt more comfortable on the ball and that lead to greater things happening on the pitch. The more confidence I played with, the more I was getting recognized by friends family, strangers , viewers, recruits, and coaches. I believe in responsibility. As a older brother, it was and still is my responsibility to care for my family. Living with a single Mother, a sister ,and a younger brother things are always complicated and It is still my responsibility to boost family morale and help unify the family through the obstacles that life can throw. I believe in Faith. For the Lord is my Shepard and I am his sheep, and I will do the work of the Lord through my Life. Faith has guided me through everything, and it is because of my faith that I stand a healthy young man, triumphant under the watchful eye of God. I believe in Soccer. The beautiful sport is my life, and I have sacrificed so much for it, and without soccer I am just not Richard James Fleming II. The sport unifies individuals, allows you to obtain important knowledge about your teammates turned pears that could possibly lead to success. I train to improve, I compete to prove, and I score, never wanting to loose. Lastly I believe in you, whoever you are. Understand that you are meant to be where you are. You have earned your seat here at UMD, so work on finding a goal and doing everything you possibly can to achieve it. Since birth my goal has been clear, domination, and i will stop at nothing until I achieve it.

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    • Preseason brings different feelings for me. I’m scared about what the setting is gonna be like. I know that I was chosen for a reason and that I earned my spot in camp, but I can’t imagine how it’s going to change my attitude. It’s back to square one, with no where to go but up. Let’s get this season.

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  11. Sports have always been apart of my life and they have taught me things that I value and use today. One of the things that I learned was the value of teamwork. Being able to build chemistry with your teammates can lead to better play and creating new friendships. It’s a way of solidifying a team’s strengths and able to pick each other up. Outside of sports, teamwork can be applied to many different situations. This can be in group projects, work, or other situations where you are paired with others to work towards a goal. The skill of teamwork is important towards the world today as we need to work with each other to get to a common goal. Another thing sports taught me was leadership. Leadership in sports can be shown in many ways. Most people think a leader is someone who is probably a captain that speaks and gets everyone together. But a leader can be more than just that. Leaders are people that set an example of what should be done and continually do it even if no one is watching. This also comes with a good work ethic. A good work ethic also applies to trying to improve in a certain area. For example if someone wanted to get better at shooting free throws they would stay after practice and shoot free throws. To include leadership into this they would invite others to work on skills the need to improve on and they can work together to get each other better. Outside of sports a good work ethic and leadership go a long way as they are role models for others. The overall impact of sports on my life has helped improve my skills outside of sports and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

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  12. Having played sports from a young age I believe that everyone deserves the experience of being a apart of something that they love. Having played basketball and volleyball for many years, I have never had felt something as rewarding as improving and seeing my hard work pay off. Whether it was a team win or being named a captain, success is an important thing to experience when people are young in order to instill motivation in them. Sports have taught me to always try my hardest whether in a game, school, or jobs because it will always pay off in one way or another. This being said I think that all children of all levels of athletic ability should be involved in some form of a team or another. Sports teams are also a good platform to teach children to work with others whether they get along or not. There will be certain people who you will be friends with at practice, games, and team events, but you will never speak a word to them outside of the game. There are also many lifelong bonds that will be formed by a common goal and a common love for the game. I have met many people from many places and for that i will always be grateful for having the opportunity. Playing sport also teach you that not all situations are fair. The best person wont always get their fair playing time just because the coach has something personal against them and even though that person is the teams best option for the situation at hand, the team must suffer. This is also true in places of work. You will not always experience or witness fair treatment.

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  13. Being a student athlete and having been one for the past 6 years, there is nothing I believe in more than the benefits athletics has to offer. It has always been somewhat easy for me to make friends but I have never really been in the “popular” group. For a while, I thought that this was a bad thing. I was not invited to any parties, was not asked to any major school events, and was not in any friend group I could always hang out. It wasn’t until I joined the volleyball team in high school that I realized not fitting in was, not only not a bad thing, but it was a blessing. I have never met a nicer group of girls that I can rely on. The friendships I have made will be carried with me throughout college and my entire life. I have also been taught that unless I put in hard work, nothing will come easy. I have to be able to give all of my effort into everything. It is unrealistic to simply assume I, or anyone, will be able to get anything by just asking someone for it or someone else to do it. Being an athlete has risen my grades, test scores, and has improved my self-confidence. I have been able to manage my time more wisely and connect with people easier. Managing all of the contrasting personalities on multiple different teams has been a struggle but once I got the hang of it, it showed me that everyone has a common goal and is there to better themselves. I believe that without athletics in my life, I would not have the relationships or experiences that have made me the person I am today.

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  14. My belief is really in athletics. I don’t know what my life would be like without athletics in it. From being in a big sports family to living in a region of so many successful sports teams. My entire life has resolved around sports. I stepped on my first baseball field when I was only two years old. My family has a long sports background. My dad was a big football, track and wrestling guy. My mom did cheerleading and softball. And my older brother did almost everything. Without him, I really don’t know if I would be where I am today as a baseball player. Without him wanting to play when he was little, I would never had been exposed to the baseball world at such a young age. Sports has really shaped me to be the type a person I am today. Hard working, great leader, problem solver. All the qualities that molded me to become a respectful man was all due to sports. Living in a New England and having these great sports teams and even better role models to look up to all contributed to my success also. Sports are full of good times and bad times. Especially baseball. Baseball is a game of failure. It is hard to cope with, but it is true. I would say that one of the most useful attributes I have taken away from sports was overcoming your defeats. My great coaches while playing sports would always say to “go get the next one, that last play was in the past.” One thing that one of my coaches said that will stick with me forever is “you’re only as good as your last play.” To me, that means it doesn’t matter what you did last time, keep on going and keep bettering yourself.

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    • Couldn’t agree more. Baseball comes with both ups and downs, and only certain players are able to deal with both of those accordingly. I don’t know where I’d be with out sports too, both playing and watching professional games. Good belief statement.

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    • I agree that involving kids in sports, especially at a young age, will teach them valuable life lessons that couldn’t be taught any other way. I also had an older brother to look up to and introduced me into everything I know about sports and I am forever grateful that he did otherwise I wouldn’t have the appreciation for sports that I do today.

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    • I like and agree with the fact that you specified baseball when discussing the ups and downs. As you had said, it is a game of failure. While in some other sports it can sometimes be easy to get cocky and full of yourself if you are having a lot of success, but it almost the complete opposite in baseball. Even the best players in the game fail more often than not. I also believe that if you play baseball, it will help you with a lot with things outside of baseball, as it will not necessarily teach you to get used to failure, but teach you how to deal with it.

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  15. My belief is in athletics. I don’t know what I’ll do if I didn’t have athletics in my life. I wound not be the same person I am today. I come from a father who spends his whole life around sports and a mother that played hockey her whole life while also who supports me no matter what I do. There was never a time when I haven’t see him home not watching sports center or some sporting event. My first sport I fell in love with is basketball because watching my older brother play basketball in high school just seem so interesting to me. So I asked my bother and father to show me the game of basketball. Which open the door for other sports for me. But most importantly athletics showed me how to be a hardworker, a Leader, a good teammate, and codependent with others. that’s why I made athletics one of my beliefs.

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  16. Swimming has been a huge part of who I am today. Swimming has given me relationships, friends, strength, motivation, and a team. I have been swimming competitively for over 8 years of my life but nothing can compare to how much the high school varsity swim team influenced me. High school swimming helped motivate me in school as a student and as a swimmer. Swimming helps me block everything negative and allows me to focus on my strengths and how to strive to be a better swimmer and team player. When I was a freshman in high school, I was shy and weak. Trying out to be on the team was one of the hardest days for me as a swimmer. On the first day of tryouts, I was pushed hard beyond my limits and I felt like I couldn’t connect or talk with the other swimmers in the water. I told my coach that I couldn’t swim anymore and that I felt like I couldn’t be a part of the team. If my coach hadn’t told me to get back in the pool and keep trying, I wouldn’t of made the team or become the person I am today. My coach said “Don’t give up, I know you can do it”. Those words have been traveling with me to this day. From that day, I met all sorts of people and friends who have helped me for the better. If it wasn’t for swimming, I don’t believe I’d be writing this right now. Swimming not only made me stronger physically, it made me stronger mentally. I am really grateful I spent 4 years on a Varsity Swim Team because it made me the person who I am today.

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  17. I believe without hockey I would not be not be where I am or who I am today. I was born and raised in the South East where there is not much hockey, and I realized if I wanted to continue pursuing playing hockey at the next level then I would have to move. During my senior year of high school all my friends were choosing their colleges and I was trying to choose mine as well. Luckily I chose to play junior hockey in New Hampshire. This decision put me in the location to visit many schools with great hockey and great academics including UMD. Without athletics I believe I would not be taking classes at UMD this fall. Hockey has also made me the person I am today by providing me with a countless number of friends and role models. Growing up these friends and role models have helped make me more mature and guide me down the right path. I believe if it was not for athletics then I would not be typing this UmassDbelieves summer writing project today.

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  18. My belief is in athletics. Throughout my whole life I have seen, experienced, and faced many challenges that life has thrown at me. Since I was five years old I have been associated with a various amount of different sports. These sports include baseball, boxing, and football. Each of them tested me to my limit in either a good, bad, mental and physical way that has made me who I am today. They also taught me the importance of teamwork, responsibility, and even independency. In the beginning, it was baseball that started everything to make me who I am today. I began baseball at the age of five because my parents wanted me to be more physically and socially active. When I started, I believed that I was going to be horrible because I was an out of shape kid and was very shy, and quiet. But that changed when I practiced with the team and played a game. To my surprise I was very good at the age of five catching the ball, fielding, and hitting felt to be natural. Boxing helped me overcome another issue I had which was my weight. Through boxing I was able to push myself to the limit and learn how to work harder and harder everyday to reach my goal to losing weight. Before entering high school, I knew that I wanted to play a sport outside my realm, so I decided to play football. From this sport alone, I understood what it means to truly work as a team, and I also learned from my coaches to believe in myself and others because if I didn’t how could I not only believe in my teammates but myself as well. The three of these sports impacted myself in different ways I met different people along the way, learn to work with others, and to always take pride in myself no matter the challenges that may come my way.

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    • You make a good point on why you started to play sports, many kids who have problems with weight don’t even think to play sports, and it also gives you challenges to better your health along with achieving the goal for the team whether that goal is winning or something along those lines. Good belief statement.

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  19. The day my first soccer season ended was the first day I realized my love for athletics. I was four years old and I was so mad that I had to wait a whole year before I could play soccer again. My parents comforted me by saying, “Don’t worry sweetie, basketball is next. You’ll love it!” I was skeptical, but as soon as the first day of basketball rolled around and I got to put on my new, “Hamp Basketball” tee shirt that was about 3 sizes too big I couldn’t have been happier. I had spent the winter falling in love with basketball and when it ended I was sad again, but this time I knew what was coming next. I went to the store and my parents let me pick out my first softball glove. I brought that thing everywhere, it became like a new hand to me. After that first year of sports I knew I was in the right place.
    Playing sports at a young age not only taught me the basics of the sport, but they taught me much more than that, discipline, hard work, respect, and patience. All of the skills I learned while participating in youth sports carried over into the classroom and made me a more successful student. I was also taught what good sportsmanship looked like, and why it was important to lose. I had one coach that used to cheer for everybody, even the kids on the other team. Back when I was 10 I never understood why he would did this. Now, because of what he taught me, I do. At the very first level it’s not about being the best or even about winning, it’s about falling in love with the game. All he wanted was for kids to just keep playing because they loved it, he used to say “What’s the point of being here if you aren’t having fun?” He taught us to respect our opponents, but never to give less than 100% on the field, court, etc… Because of the work ethic athletics has instilled in me, and because of support my coaches, family and friends, I to this day, have not had a season off since I was 4. I am a better person because of it. I hope that someday I can pass along my belief in sports to others.

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  20. For me Athletics have changed my life, without them I don’t know where I’d be. I would not be the person I am today. Athletics have pushed me physically, mentally and emotionally. Throughout my entire life I have experienced many obstacles and challenges thrown my way. Since I was little I have always played different sports each one bringing their own challenges. Challenges ranging from not fitting into a team or not having the right “image”. Being a bigger girl on teams I played for it was always easy fitting in. I was never the fastest or the most athletic. It did however have its advantages like being the tallest in basketball or hitting the ball the farthest in softball. At the beginning I wasn’t invited to team outings or parties but when I embraced myself and accepted the fact that I was never going to be a small skinny girl and started to learn to embrace being a big girl things had changed. I was comfortable around the people I called teammates that are now some of my best friends. It eventually started to work out in my favor, like being picked first for pick-up basketball games or having other coaches turn their head when I stepped up to the plate for an at bat. I believe that athletics helps you put yourself out there to make you one of a kind. everyone has something special to offer and athletics helps you do that. I also realized once I found my place on a team that it doesn’t matter if you’re big or small we all have the same reason for being there and that’s to play a sport that we love. I believe that sports and athletics help you come out of your shell, “great things never came from comfort zones” is what a friends always says to me and when you leave that comfort zone great things happen and being a part of a team or organization is a crucial part in becoming yourself.

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  21. Devon Frasca

    Athletics and Life Lessons

    I’m part of a very unique sport, one that many know about but only those who participate truly understand. I am an equestrian and this sport has shown me who I am and who I want to be. I believe that working with horses and being part of this sport teaches you not only about life but also about yourself. The first thing I quickly learned being a rider is that you get out what you put in. If you are not putting in the hours of training and the hours caring for your horse, you are not going to accomplish what you want to. In this sport, your teammate cannot practice if you are not there to practice also. The more time and effort you put into something the happier you will be with the outcome. Patience is your best friend when working and communicating with horses. My job as the rider is to learn to communicate with my horse in a way that they understand, but this takes time, the horse may not always understand what you are asking from them. They may not understand because maybe their training has not gone that far yet, or maybe I am not asking correctly, or maybe they are just having an off day. It is my job as the rider to figure out which one it is. I have to be patient and not get frustrated as I work to communicate with my horse to figure out where the problem is. Being a lifelong equestrian I have realized that this is what I want to do with my life, and I am fortunate enough to have a family that supports me in this decision.

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  22. Lilly Perkins
    English 101
    14 August 2018
    This I Believe
    This senior year I found myself dreading practice and just waiting for summer to come. At the end of the season, on the last meet day I found myself hugging my team and crying. I’m not a big crier over things but this was the end of an era. I have decided not to continue track my first year but we’ll see how long I can last without it. Athletics have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started cross country and track when I was in 5th grade. I believe athletics have changed my life, I’ve made so many friends and many memories. Athletics have taught me traits like determination and strength. I have always finished my races and determination has brought me to the finish line. Throughout my running career I have made lifelong friendships with people I would never have thought I would be friends with. When I started highschool I automatically had a group of friends to hangout with during school, I didn’t have to worry about not being able to find friends because I always had them. Athletics have taught me to never give up and to always finish what you start. This has tremendously impacted my life not only in the running field but in academics as well, I encourage myself in school and always tend to think of every school assignment as a race I have to finish strong in.

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  23. I have been involved in sports since I was very young. This being so, they have been a major factor in terms of shaping my beliefs. The participation in sports has allowed me to persevere through the tough times of my life and allowed for a balance between my academic and social life. Sports have also allowed me to break out of my comfort zone and become more confident in my abilities. I have played soccer and softball since I was old enough to do so and throughout the years, I have not only become more skilled, but I have also learned the importance of variety in one’s life. Throughout much of high school, I was constantly bombarded with a plethora of assignments, tests, and projects, and I would often find myself locked in my room working for hours. During the winter, while I was not participating in any sports, I would often find myself losing the motivation to continue such a rigorous academic schedule. It was only when I began participating in sports again that I realized how much they influenced my overall performance. Participating in sports has provided me with the distractions I need to maintain balance in my life. On top of the positive mental health benefits, sports have also taught me countless important lessons that I will carry with me throughout my life, such as teamwork, perseverance, and the importance of positive thinking. Without these lessons, I would not be the person I am today. My participation in sports has always been a major factor in my life and has helped me learn many important lessons that will always influence any decisions I make in the future.

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  24. The importance of being part of a team
    For most of my life I have been playing a sport and part of an athletic team. Just like most kids, I did not understand the importance of being a teammate. I simply thought good team chemistry would lead to success for that season. While this statement can be true, it is not complete. The understanding of how to build chemistry within a group of people who have the same goal can lead to accomplishing many important tasks in life.
    When I was sixteen I began working in sales at a high end retail store. The company had set quarterly goals for our store to reach. This is when I first experienced team chemistry outside of an athletic competition. Our manager spent hours trying to build this connection. He planned many types of activities that fall. for employees to take part in so we would create a bond with each other. After about six months of working for this company our numbers showed that we were exceeding our set goals and excelling in all categories. The reason for this success could be the outcome of various factors. In this type of industry it is often hard to point out one reason for success due to unpredictable patterns in consumers. However our store management and staff has recently changed drastically and our numbers have significantly dropped making it obvious that the reason for the recent success was due to the bond the employees had created. This experience has given me perspective of the importance of being on a team. And a first hand experience of how skills taught in athletics transfer over to real world experiences.

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  25. The idea of being an athlete and being apart of a team is something that it very important to me. From the many life lessons and disciplines that are taught from participating in sports, to the bonds that we make with our teammates, coaches, and even opponents, being an athlete has certainly changed me for the better and I am more than grateful for all the experiences I had and for all of the time I spent playing sports. Whether it was cross country, ice hockey, or track & field, I loved being out there with all of my friends and coaches doing what we loved.
    We all have certain qualities that we do not like about ourselves and wish that we could change. For me, it was how shy I always was and how difficult it was for me to speak up for myself and to make friends. However, it was through playing sports that I was able to break out of my shell and make life long friends. Sports had taught me to be confident in myself, in my beliefs, and in my skills. You are able to make these bonds because of everything that you share with your teammates. Whether its winning a championship game, waking up for those early morning practices, being together on team bus rides, or losing the final game of your career, it is all done as a team.
    Everyone in their life goes through a difficult period of time that includes being stressed out or even having to battle anxiety and depression. For me, this time was especially apparent in my life during my sophomore year of high school where I was over burdened with school work, and was going through a dark time at home with having three very close family members passing away. I am convinced that it was because of sports that I was able to get through everything that was going on. Being a dedicated athlete has taught me how to persevere through challenges and it taught me how to manage my time in a way where I was able to get all of my school work done.

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    • It was an honor and a privilege to practice and compete alongside you on the track team. Whether we’re doing classwork, at the gym, or just hanging out, you always keep up the spirits of everyone around. Can’t wait to continue into college as friends, and possibly teammates.

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  26. I believe athletics are important to all people because it offers so many opportunities like friendships, roll models and exercise. I have played sports since I was very young, I started playing hockey at the age of 6 and have found many of my good friends through hockey.

    Playing sports helps create a great base for time management skills when you have a job, play hockey and get lots of homework every night. I managed to enroll in 3 AP classes my senior year and keep up with the work load and still be able to have a social life. Time management is key in college because you have to balance all your classes and the time between them to make the most out of it. For example when you have a 2 hour break you are not just going to go to the dining hall for 2 hours you want to get some of your homework load done so you can relax later in the afternoon.

    Athletics is a great place to find role models from your captain of the team to your line mate. Mine was my freshman and sophomore year captain. He helped me by showing me new skills I had not learned yet but also went through a tough loss with my whole team when we missed making it to play offs by 1 point. One more tie or win would have put us in the play offs the first time in 8 years for my high school.

    When I was a senior in high school I dreaded my last few games because I never wanted to stop playing and leaving all my friend that I have been skating with the last 4 years. On my last game I knew it was all over after that buzzer rang. I was the last person off the ice savoring every moment I had thinking about how I learned to skate on this very ice. As I walked to the locker room and sat down, I watched my teammates begin to leave. I sat there wearing my jersey because it was the last time I would ever wear it again.

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  27. Sports has been an integral part of my life since I was a child. My family has had a large influence on my life with my involvement in athletics. Being around sports as a child has really contributed to my development not only as an athlete, but also as a student and person. I have been taught compassion, determination, perseverance and leadership. Sports has taught me that things will inevitably go bad, but what truly matters is how one reacts to that situation. Selflessness is taught with being a member of a team. Success on and off the field is a direct result of hard work and extra effort. I’ve realized that to be the best, I would have to work the hardest. I have also had to budget my time well with my studies. Time management has not only helped me succeed in high school, but will be a critical success factor as I embrace the collegiate experience as an athlete. Fortunately for me, I have had a few coaches who taught me everything they know. From my freshman year to my senior year, coaches have pushed me beyond my limits. I began to learn how my mind will almost always quit before my body does. Keeping that in the back of my mind, I believe future obstacles will be easier to overcome. Whether it may be going through college finals, or applying for my dream job, I know I will be more confident because of what I learned in high school athletics.

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  28. Athletics Belief Statement

    Throughout my life, I’ve always been an athletic person and participated in a number of sports including baseball, basketball, and soccer. Although I enjoyed playing and making friends, I was never the best player. I would find myself becoming very frustrated with myself because no matter how much I practiced or worked towards a certain goal, I was never as good as other players.
    Entering my freshman year of high school I decided not to join any athletics and just focus on schoolwork. After the first week, I was asked to join the cross country team. I hesitated and did not believe I could excel at that sport. I wasn’t much of a runner, but with some motivation from my family and the coach, I decided to join the team. After the first few practices, I was running with seniors who had been on the team since their freshman year. Throughout the season I consistently placed second and third for the team and eventually placed first in one of the final meets of the season. In fact, I was the only freshman on the team to move on to the state meets.
    For the first time, I believed in myself while participating in an athletic and felt confident enough to practice more and work harder towards my goals. For the following three years I moved up on the team and began to run consecutive first place races. Senior year I became the team captain, broke my PR (personal record) numerous times, and led my team to states where I placed top ten twice and was awarded.
    If it wasn’t for the previous athletics that I participated in, the motivation of others, my own frustration and perseverance, and many other factors I would have never believed in myself as an athlete and wouldn’t be the person I am today.

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  29. The type of person I am today can be derived from a variety of reasons, as I have become a kind, hardworking person that never gives up on any task that is given. In my opinion, these values have been taught to me throughout my career of training as a mixed martial artist since I was five years old. From that young age, I have learned the lessons of determination, perseverance, and respect, as defending myself without weaponry highly demands. Growing up, I have encountered a few instances of bullying while standing up for myself without throwing a single punch or kick, as one of the huge lessons my Sensi (Teacher) has taught me was that fighting is always the last resort while trying to talk my way out of the situation was always first. I absolutely loved it, as I met great people and built lasting friendships, training at least three times a week for one-hour sessions. Over the time that I have trained in Ju-Jitzu and MMA, I have achieved my goal of earning my black belt in Taekwondo three days before Christmas Eve of 2013, testing with teenagers and young adults that were much bigger than I was at the time. Today, Martial Arts has had an enormous impact on my life, as it has taught me the many characteristics that make me up as a person and has taught me how to defend myself if I ever must have too.

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  30. I believe that individuals can take away valuable life lessons from participating in athletics. Sports have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From playing catch with my Dad to hard fought pickup basketball games during elementary school recess. Being an athlete has always been part of my identity. Everyone has their passion, it could be the outdoors, art, music the list goes on but for me that passion is and has always been baseball. To me and i’m sure many others, sports are so much more than just an extracurricular. They have helped me form some of the strongest friendships I have ever had and meet other like minded people from all across the country. On the baseball field I have learned some of the most valuable life lessons that have truly shaped me as an individual. The game of baseball taught me not only how to accept failure but also how to keep a level head when things don’t go your way. I’ve learned throughout my years playing sports that if you work hard anything is possible. Throughout high school being a multi-season athlete taught me time management and leadership. Being named a captain of my high school basketball and baseball teams showed me how to be a leader and represent something bigger than myself. I was able to represent an entire community. Lessons like these have followed me throughout life and helped me become the better and more well rounded individual I am today.

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  31. Athletics Belief Statement
    Growing up in a big golf family, it was always expected of me to carry on the tradition by dedicating my life to golf. I remember when I was younger, I would always see my dad and my two brothers come home from golf tournaments with first place trophies. I believe this is what sparked my first interest in golf. When I first started playing, my older brothers and I would sneak on to a local golf course where we practice for hours every week. Over time, they helped shape me into the golfer I am today. They constantly gave me advice on how to better myself in my golf game. As I learned more about the sport, a traumatic experience in my life occurred which made me appreciate golf even more. I used the golf course and driving range as a place to let go of all those negative emotions and thoughts I felt. The traumatic experience motivated me to work harder, as I would spend more and more time on the course trying to better myself in order to forget the craziness that was reality. I grew to love the sport more and more as I have gotten older. Once I began high school I have made so many friends throughout the game of golf. Even on opposing teams I have made friends with others as we have play against each other in matches. Golf has been a positive impact on my life ever since I was younger.

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  32. The mental side of athletics
    Hockey, just like any other sport, can change one’s emotions very fast. I’ve been playing hockey since I was 6 years old and I believe without hockey in my life I would have never realized that being mentally fit is just as, if not more important, than being physically fit. Having a positive and stable mindset can be the core to moving toward success. Playing hockey has taught me to stay positive mentality. Especially playing goalie because in such a fast paced sport things can go against you very quickly. A goal can be scored on you and you can blame it on yourself and let it hurt your positive mind set, or you take a second to think about it and put it behind you as the whistle blows to start the next shift.

    Being able to learn the skill of staying positive through hockey has helped me throughout school, friendships, and family. For example, at some point everyone gets that one bad grade on a test that brings them from an A to a B in the class. Some people might get upset and let that ruin their mood. They may stay upset for the remainder of the day and let that negative attitude affect something else that day. Hockey has taught me, in that type of situation, to set aside the negative thoughts about the bad grade and be positive about still having a decent grade. I then know that I can strive to do better on the next exam by studying harder and making sure I am well prepared. Through hockey, I’ve learned to not let situations such as that bring me down.

    I hope to bring the positive thoughts that I’ve learned through hockey with me to UMD and will try to instill what I’ve learned upon my teammates, friends, and fellow students.

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  33. Matt Ringdahl
    Athletics and Hard Work

    I believe in hard work, you can really see hard work shine through in athletics. Only the best of the best go pro, have a future playing the sport. They have to practice hard every free second they have to become the best of the best. During middle school and high school hockey was my sport of choice I used to practice or play with friends whenever I could. I believe you earn what you have, if you work hard you earn rewards, trophy’s or promotions. If you slack off and don’t work hard you earn what comes to you, no promotions, lower position on your team, or fired from your job or team. Your work ethic defines who you are and what your future is. Athletics from a young age teaches you that. Coaches place kids who work harder on the better lines so they get more playing time. Athletics isn’t the only place people have to work hard. This continues onto school and jobs. People who work harder in school get placed in the better classes, People who work harder in there jobs get promotions and raises. It’s all taught and easily showed through sports. lots of people may learn how to work hard or that working hard gets you places from other sports or other way. However hockey is how i learned it. I believe athletics teach you how to work hard and work as a team and is a key component to any kids and many people’s lives.

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  34. Becoming an athlete changed the way I lived my life; before I was just the kid who always went after the junk food and chose to take the unhealthy route. I have always played sports, I have played sports from the start of kindergarten, but football was out of the picture. I had many friends who played football at the time and they would always encourage me to sign up to no avail due to my lack of interest in the sport. The coach of the football team was my best friends’ father, who also tried to convince me into playing on his team, but I never had the drive. One year later, I was thinking about what I could do to pass time and improve my physical physique; the first thing that came to my mind was joining the local Pop Warner football organization. My parents were more than eager to sign me up and even gave me incentives if I got a certain number of tackles. Due to the unconditional support from friends, family, and athletics staff, I had and continue to have record breaking football seasons. It was truly inspiring to experience the chemistry my teammates and I had. My football career ended shortly after the freshman season, which came to an undefeated season of 10-0, because I chose to focus only on athletics. Overall, athletics has been a huge impact in my life because they taught me discipline and determination.

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  35. Athletic Beliefs

    Athletics to me has not only been an escape route but also a social network that has helped me meet friends that I will have forever. I experienced that first hand while playing with my high school baseball team. Having either practice or a game six days a week for about three months can really make an impact on your life, even though it is such a short period of time. I met so many new people, and also got to spend time with my friends that I knew prior to high school baseball. Being at practices or games with them really was an escape route for me. An escape route that helped me take my mind off certain things that I was worrying about, like a big exam, an ill family member, or just about anything going on in my life outside of athletics. High school athletics is something I believe everyone should be able to experience. Along with meeting new friends and having fun at every game over time I learned new life lessons that came along with athletics. Without athletics, I do not think I would have gained a work ethic, learn to compose myself when things were not going my way, being a good teammate and leader, and also having the urge to compete and give everything I have, whether participating in athletics or not. After playing many sports on many different teams I met a lot of kids. Some of those kids did not have the luxuries that others had in life outside of athletics, but when they were playing or practicing nothing mattered to them, we were all looking to do the same thing. That is to not only compete at our highest possible level but to also have fun with our teammates and coaches. It gave a lot of kids something to look forward to during the week, somewhere where they had friends and coaches to talk to about their problems with. Also somewhere that they were able to do something they loved without any distractions. That is just another reason on why I believe that athletics could play as a escape route for certain kids.

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  36. I believe that hard work and effort is the key to achieving my goals. Once i put my mind to it i feel like there’s nothing i can’t accomplish. I think back to my sophomore year when school wasn’t going well for me. My grades were dropping and i couldn’t play sports because i broke my leg over the summer. I felt like everything i did i did it wrong. Once the summer going into my junior year came i told myself i have to push myself to do better.

    The major step i took into bettering myself was i joined the football team. I knew football would help me keep my grades up but also I knew it would be challenging for me because i took my sophomore season off. i was always up for a challenge. My goal was to keep grinding till i earned the starting role on offense. Unfortunately my teammate who has the starting role at the position i play suffered a injury mid game.

    My coach had been noticing how hard I’ve been working during practice so he gave me my chance to start. That right there gave me the confidence i needed to succeed. That game i got my first high school reception and it was for over 40 yards. We ended up winning that game and i was announced player of the game. I felt great knowing that my hard work had payed off.

    Staying focused help me achieve my goal of bettering myself. I had a much better school year that year then my sophomore year. I managed to make the honor roll every term and my legs were feeling healthy again. I thank god most importantly for keeping me on the right track throughout that whole time.

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  37. In August 2011, my friend convinced me to join the football team, even though I didn’t know anything about the game. I soon fell in love with everything football. Not just the physical game, but everything that came with it. There was brotherhood, trust, and friendship all wrapped up in that team. I was always skinnier and weaker than my teammates which meant I didn’t get much time on the field. Throughout the years of being on the team, I worked hard to become the best teammate and player that I could be. This was through working hard at not only practice, but in the weight room as well. My senior year came and I had only one season left to prove myself. This meant that my summer was spent in the gym and on the practice field. I saw a change in myself and that was something I will always be proud of. When the first game came, our starting defensive end sprained his ankle. Though it was terrible for him, it meant I finally got the chance to prove myself to my coaches.That game was one of the best that I had ever played. I impressed my coaches so much that I took on the role of starting defensive end for the rest of the season. Playing alongside my friends for that season was one of the most memorable and magical experiences of my life. I believe that with hard work, perseverance, and grit, anything is attainable.

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  38. My beliefs of leadership comes from my love for athletics. Athletics have made me the strong and independent leader I am today. Leadership has shown me life from a whole different perspective. Being a leader helps you learn respect, creates friendships, and makes you an overall stronger human being. Playing against teams and along with your teammates make you respect those around you. You’re all there for the same reason, to play the sport you love. Practicing the sport over and over again with the same people create long life friendships because you are all there to reach the same goal together. If you become a leader, you get the joy of helping others and guiding them to their own goals. You can build up the courage to express yourself and teach others how to lead too. Leadership also gives you the chance to pursue your dreams. If you put yourself out there and never give up, you can lead yourself to your goals. Leadership can form from anywhere, but my leadership all started from being an athlete since I was four years old. Growing up as an athlete has made me who I am today. I am friendly, motivated, fun, strong, and a very loving and accepting person. I will continue to be apart of athletics so my beliefs grow and expand to everyone around me. I hope to help others become leaders and show them you can do anything your heart desires. My love for athletics and the strength of leadership is what truly makes me happy and what makes me believe I can conquer anything.

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  39. Before I started playing sports I was going down a slippery slope, I was unfit, and I wasn’t motivated to do anything about it. I started playing football in 7th grade and as soon as I started I regretted it. It was painful in every way, physically and mentally. By the end of that season I was a completely different kid, new friendships, a new understanding to fitness, and ever since that year I’ve had a strong motivation to improve myself in everyway possible for the next season. Highschool came around and football had a bigger affect on me. Seeing everyone with a strong passion for the game only inspired me to become better. The people I played with quickly became my fellow brothers and family. The friendships I made I will never forget. We helped each other through everything, if one of us where in trouble or going through an awful experience we would help them. Football changed my life, all the lessons that it has taught me from responsibilities to caring for others, the friendships it has given me, the motivation it gave me to stay fit and I now I love working out because of it. Without football I truly believe I wouldn’t be anywhere close to the person I came to be today, it helped me through school and the hard times that life has to offer. Even though I will not be continuing my football career due to my injuries, I will never forget the way football has changed my life, I’ll never forget the friendships I’ve made, the lessons it taught me, and I’ll always will have a want to improve myself.

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  40. Sports and Athletics change your life immensely. Sports can open many doors in life as well as teach you certain skills that you may need for the rest of your life. I played both Football and Lacrosse in Middle School and in High School, I also drag race my car but who knows if that counts. These taught me very important skills in life, such as never to give up, you get what you work for and winning isn’t everything. In my experience with sports i have met life long friends and found what i truly care about.

    In life you need to learn that winning isn’t everything and everything is not always going to go your way Sports can teach you this. You also need to learn that giving up is possibly the worst thing you can do, you should always finish something that you started, if you start a sport you should not just give up if you think it is not right. Keep trying and if you still do not like that sport then at the end of a season you should quit but i believe that you should never half ass anything, you should always full send and finish what you have started. This teaches you responsibility for what you have done. Finally sports teach you that you get what you work for. One that does not work hard does not deserve the same things as someone that works extremely hard.

    Whether it’s playing some sport or racing your car anything can teach you a little bit about life so go out try something new and don’t forget to Full Send.

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  41. Eddy Deleon

    Athletics

    I’ve been an athlete since a very young age. I’ve played soccer my whole life with some baseball thrown in there for about 3 years and now I play basketball and volleyball as well as soccer. These sports have shown me how much friendships can be made through sports and how motivated you can be to win every single game. Being an athlete will show you how important it is to have time management. Playing soccer has brought sweat and tears from winning the league and then beating our rival to make it to the semifinals but then losing the game my senior year. It was the last time I would ever play with the teammates I’ve been growing up with my whole life. Being a student athlete has shown me how time is key in order to make sure that I have good grades after the long hours at practice. Participating in these sports have helped me relieve stress after a long day at school. These sports have helped me meet new people especially volleyball. My school had organized a volleyball tournament but the catch was that a few teachers would randomly pick teams. These randomized teams allowed students to interact with people they have probably never met before. My team quickly clicked and this led us to winning the championship game. Sports have shown me how to be a leader after being picked as a captain which shows that hard work pays off in the long run. All in all sports have made me who I am today.

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  42. Being a student athlete had many expectations to come with it. Being dragged down by grades could push back your practice schedule, which could take away minutes from games. Coming from a small D4 high school I had to fight to become the player I was when I graduated. The glory only came after a big performance to win the game but if you mess up you were considered the cause behind the loss. During the start of my high school I struggled through academics but managed to keep my grades up in order to play sports because that was the only way I could make it out. After a brutal injury Junior year nearly ended my basketball season before it even started I started to think what I was doing wrong and I found it was my academics. I was always ashamed to bring my report cards home due to the fact that my parents would always compare me to my best friend who maintained a level of high honors. After my injury I started to push harder in academics, staying after school with my English and Math teachers just to get it up before the year ended. Seeing that Junior year is the most important of high school I had a challenge of getting it up so colleges could see me aside from my athletic abilities. When senior year came about I set a goal for maintaining a B average or above throughout all my classes. Throughout all of that my basketball team made it to the playoffs for the first time since my Freshman year and being the only Senior I had an example to set. As my other teammates would stay after I’d try and influence them to do better. After being knocked out of the playoffs in the second round I kept my focus in school. Student athletes often times place sports ahead of academics but it should be the other way around so you could play on the team.

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  43. Family comes in all different shape and sizes. Some families are wealthy and some are just managing. Not all people count family as just siblings or relatives, but also count friends being apart of their families as well. Coming from a single parent family with 2 other siblings,I grew relationships with people through school and sports. Basketball has always been apart of my life and has helped me form lifelong relationships with people I couldn’t see myself without. Although basketball is just a sport it taught me special qualities I can use in everyday life. Some of those include leadership, teamwork and loyalty. Basketball taught me leadership because I was able to take charge when my team needed me and could give them motivation but also lead by example by showing them what to do. Doing that showed me just how important teamwork and loyalty was. Working together and trusting in your teammates will bring out the best in the people around you because they know at the end of the day no matter what happens that you’ll always be there for them.

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  44. Sports have been a critical part in my development as a person. Whether it be playing them or just watching them on television, it gives me a sense of being part of something bigger than myself. It gives me and my friends or family something to talk about or bond over. Being from New England, which has many successful professional sports teams, I feel the motivation to do they same as they have. To succeed in anything I partake in. Many of my closest friends today are people that I played either baseball or soccer with. We grew up together, becoming the people we are today, showing each other how to live in this amazing world. Sports are much more than just winning and losing. They are something that can give you an excellent foundation for lasting friendships and valuable lessons on how to be the best person you can be. It teaches selflessness and compassion. My life has been surrounded by sports and athletics of all kinds since I was a little kid. Sports of all kinds have had a significant influence on me, basketball and football being the main two sports for me. In each of these sports, you cannot succeed unless the entire team plays their part and positively contributes to the game. I have taken this concept into the real world and chosen to surround myself with positive people that will help me if I am in need, and to positively contribute to my life. Whether it be school or the real world, sports have taught me valuable lessons for almost every situation I might find myself in.

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  45. Being a student-athlete revolves around staying on top of your grades and making sure you properly manage your time between academics and sports. I believe athletics can play an immense role in an individual’s life to help shape who they are and to help better themselves. Wrestling, being one of the toughest sports I have played, compared to football and tennis, has resulted in myself becoming better prepared for adult life. I have been wrestling for the past four years (freshman through senior year) and it was a great, fun, and challenging experience. Having to wake up at five o’clock a.m. every Saturday morning was dreadful. Being a teenager, I would fight myself on those mornings. This has helped me in a positive manner with time management skills. I was able to apply these skills to life outside of wrestling, for example, whenever I had to go to work or somewhere I needed to be at a certain time, I would arrive earlier than others due to waking up so early and always being on time on those Saturday mornings. Also making weight as a varsity wrestler was a big responsibility of mine. I would have to make sure I was under 132 pounds every meet I competed at or else it would result in my team losing points so, I knew I had the important responsibility of making weight. Making weight has helped me become more responsible in the real world, such as having my priorities straight and doing as I am told by my peers. Having said that, this is the very reason as to why I believe athletics can shape an individual positively and teach them lifelong skills to apply in the outside world, just like wrestling did for me.

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  46. I imagine like many other young adults, there are things that contributed to my belief system that I have not even started to understand. I know my parents and my family have impacted me greatly. They’ve taught me about the importance of family, integrity, kindness, and gratitude. I’ve been fortunate to travel to several foreign countries, and it has given me perspective and opened my mind in ways a classroom couldn’t. I have played various sports, participated in many extracurricular activities, held part time jobs, benefitted from inspiring teachers, but nothing has affected me more than the game of baseball. It doesn’t define me but it has helped to shape me. I am a stronger person because of baseball. It can be an unforgiving sport, especially for a pitcher, but I have learned to see every pitch as an opportunity. I try to live in that moment by not giving into negativity and pushing through the fear and the pressure. I have learned to focus on what I can control, to not fear failure, to trust myself, to trust my team, and to learn from my coaches. I have been given opportunities, earned opportunities, and denied opportunities. I believe that you can’t take anything for granted and that the lessons learned in baseball have taught me to trust, to persevere, and to give my best effort.

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  47. I believe that if I was not an athlete I would not be the person I am today. Athletics has made me a better person overall. I believe that playing team organized sports makes me better at team building, and teamwork. It also has given me some of the best friendships and memories I have ever had. I also believe that athletics also help you become a better version of yourself physically. It has helped me become stronger, faster, and most importantly, healthy. If it weren’t for athletics I would be a lesser version of who I am today and I would probably not be happy with myself

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  48. I Believe that sports are critical in the development of young kids. It was definitely the case with me and many people I know. Sports gave me something in common with other kids that would lead to lasting friendships. Aside from that I believe sports played a role in my development. Sports helped me develop many traits that help me succeed today. They taught me leadership, there a times when you need to help your team win and have to step and be the leader. Growing up I was very competitive and sports helped me use this in a productive way. Sports taught me that if I want to succeed in something I have to work hard. That translated to the work ethic I have today. Being a student athlete is a huge commitment. Having to balance playing your sports and keeping up with your grades can sometimes be a challenge. However because of this challenge student athletes develop good time management. This is a skill that is so important in school and in life. Having to balance sports and school is difficult but worth it. Even if you don’t play a sport they still have a huge impact. Being a fan of a professional sports team brings people into a community. Two people who would never have know each other can find something to relate with each other over a sporting event. It doesn’t even need to be professional level, highschool and college athletics also bring people together. My high school’s basketball team was terrible but the gym was always packed and almost the whole school went to watch them play. I strongly believe that sports had a profound impact on me and many others, and still impacts us today.

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  49. Sports has and continues to play a huge role in my life. I strongly believe I would not be the person I am today if it was not for organized sports, It has given me way more then I could have ever imagined, from helping me create lifelong friendships to preparing me for the real world. Sports has helped me with team building, it has taught me how to work together with other people who have a common goal as myself and that is to be successful. Finally sports has made me a better version of myself, both physically and mentally. I encourage everyone to try a sport, you will be amazed at what sports has to offer you!

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  50. Sports has and continues to play a huge role in my life. I strongly believe I would not be the person I am today if it was not for organized sports, It has given me way more then I could have ever imagined, from helping me create lifelong friendships, teaching me teamwork and finally preparing me for the real world. Sports has helped me with team building, it has taught me how to work together with other people who have a common goal as myself and that is to be successful. There are many things that I am able to do today that a couple years ago seemed impossible. From playing varsity sports to being able to dunk, those are goals which I sought after in high school and I am proud to sit here today and say that sports has helped me achieve those goals. I would like to take a moment thank my coach’s and staff at my former school for turning me into the person I am today, a hard working, goal driven and strong minded human being. Finally sports has made me a better version of myself, both physically and mentally. I encourage everyone to try a sport, you will be amazed at what sports has to offer you, whether it’s from team building to how to manage your time, sports can help make your daily life easier, whether it’s something simple like walking to something more complex like a task at your job, spots can and will help you achieve those goals if you trust in the process.

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  51. I believe that athletics has changed me to become the person that I am today. As I think back of the seasons of sports I played I can’t help but think of those times when you are feeling great because you made a good play or won a important game and although those felt the best, the times that changed me were the times that I messed up or we lost that important game and I realized that sometimes in life there is things that don’t quite go your way and you have to move on past it. As an athlete I learned important lessons of life while being a teammate. As a teammate you always have each others backs and if you ever get knocked over then they will be the ones that help you back up. Those teammates in life are the ones who you want to be your closest friends. It also taught me that you have to put in hard work in order to get good results and I believe that is an important part of life going forward that I will have to work hard in order to succeed.I believe that if it weren’t for athletics then I wouldn’t be doing the things that I am today and I would be instead just putting in minimal effort just trying to get by.

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    • I agree with the points that you made, how things don’t always work out but you have to move past them. Also the point that putting in hard work will get you good results. I find this is especially true in school work as well as life.

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    • I agree with what you said about being an athlete because even though I am not one I can just see all the sports teams and how they are with each other. You’ll always fail and win but that makes you better. Great post.

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    • I agree with all your points about Athletics because with Sports I wouldn’t have the memories or friendships I have today. I also wouldn’t be the person I am today

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    • I agree with you that sports change your life. Sports help you learn many skills needed for life. Such as, communication, how to work as a team, and how to overcome challenges. It is something that will stick with you forever.

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    • I agree with all points said by my peers on this topic. Sports changed my life and gave me life lessons that I can use throughout my life time. Sports taught me teamwork and how important it is to able to work with other people and use each other strengths to ultimately disguise the weaknesses we have on our own. That team makes you feel like you finally belong, showing you that no matter what happens whosever wearing that jersey has your back. Also, it showed me that hard work is everything. The person who is willing to go the extra mile and do the things no one wants to do usually is the most successful in both their sport and in life itself. Giving clear cut evidence that without these attributes you will forever be mediocre. I believe that if it wasn’t for athletics I would have always been okay with being mediocre and never put in the time to better myself in areas I need improvement.

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    • I agree with the fact that sports also helped me learn that everything isn’t always going to go as planned and you have to be able to push through it

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    • I agree with Robert. Being a an athlete has brought me friends I never thought id have. Its brought me places like the national championships in NY for indoor track, and its given me a family of boys and girls I consider brothers and sisters. I feel everyone should take a part in athletics because one it doesn’t hurt to try and two you also might end up loving it. for example I never wanted to be a runner but after one gym class my freshman year the cross country coach told me come to practice and I’ve been running ever since!

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    • Couldn’t agree with you more. Athletics build lots of real world skills other than just the sport itself. Teaches you about self character and communications skills.

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    • I agree that sports if you play it the right way can help you become a better and stronger person. It’s true that being part of a team helps you so much in life because it teaches you to work together with people. I also agree that sports teaches you to have a good work ethnic that it can help you with the rest of your life.

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  52. Definition of Team | Athletics
    According to Google a team is, “a group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport.” A team to me is a group of people that are awkward to get to know at first. The people who you are afraid to mingle with because they already have their own group. It feels as if you will never be able to create the bond they already have with each other. But in the end they are the same group of people you turn to when you are having trouble. They are the ones you know have your back on and off the field. Eventually you will develop deep bonds with them and be able to call them your family. This does not mean that everything will be perfect and that there will be no arguments, after all they are your second family. You might argue one day but by the next you guys are playing side by side. This was how it felt like to be on my team. When I tried out my freshman year of high school I did not have very high hopes going in. When I did make the team it was awkward because I had replaced someone who was on the team for two years prior to me trying out. This made me feel like they would never accept me considering I replaced one of their close friends. I then realized that the only one that was stopping me from making friends was myself. Later on I made bond with these girls that I will never forget, they have helped me do my homework and have gone as far as helping me decide which university was right for me. They are the reason that I am more open to meeting new people and have come out of my shell more. I believe that when you’re on a sports team they become like a family to you.

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    • I completely agree with all if your points made. Being on a team four years of high school definitely helps develop a special bond unlike any other. Playing sports has shaped me as a person and I can relate to the relationships stated.

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    • Being on a team together that long definitely would develop a strong bond. Playing high school sports and being on the same team with the same people for four years has created some strong friendship.

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    • I agree with what you are saying especially when you say that when you are on a sports team they become like a family to you and even as we are going away to college most of the team still talks to each other.

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  53. Around two hundred thousand years ago humans came into existence, we as a species wanted to accomplish the ultimate goal; survival. Throughout the years in order to accomplish these goals, we had to learn, adapt and progress quickly. We had to scavenge for food, migrate to unknown areas, and most importantly we had to care for each other. Now you may be thinking, what does this have to do with my belief? Well, I passionately relate very much to one of my favorite spare time activities; running, for the past few years I have chosen running as one of my spare time activities. The way my muscles move in a synchronized motion to accomplish movement and achieve the desired distance, the way I smile through the sweat, blood, and tears I put into running, reminds me of human survival and it ultimately gets me going and believe everyone should run too. A few years ago, I was introduced to The Spartan Race. Ever since then, my life has been transformed into the adventure of a lifetime. I believe everyone should run a Spartan race because it forces people out of the “comfortable” life that we all live in. It’s good to suffer a little and they inspire us to all live a little healthier and in the moment. I also believe it’s a great opportunity to get outside and really find your mental and physical limits. Overcoming the physical obstacles in a Spartan race is not going to eliminate all of life’s problems but it will help give people the confidence to take what they learned about themselves on the course and apply that to help better their lives.

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  54. I believe that athletics is a crucial part of a person’s childhood and that it teaches you so many life lessons that you use throughout your whole life. I try to always work hard and do my best and in sports if you want to be good you have to work hard. Working hard to be good at a sport teaches you that in life you have to work hard if you want to be successful. Playing sports also teaches you to work with a team and get along with people. It also gives you a chance to meet different people that you didn’t know before. This helps you because when you are working you have to be able to communicate with your co-workers. Playing sports also gives you good time management skills. Furthermore, it teaches you to be reliable. As part of being on a team you are responsible to show up to every game and practice. When you work you have to show up every day and be on time. Moving on, playing sports teaches you how to deal with adversity. When you lose a game, it’s easy to want to quit and give up but you have to be able to put it in the past and move on. The way a person handles a loss or gets through adversity determines what kind of person they are. Life is a lot different then sports. In life when something does not go your way you have to be able to move on. I would not be the person I am today without athletics.

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  55. I believe athletics has had a major impact on my life. Ever since I was little I have always been involved in sports. They have been my escape route for whenever I needed to get away. No matter what, sports have always been there for me to fall back on. Sports gave me the opportunity to meet many influential people and also gave me a second family. Throughout my four years of high school sports, I have learned many valuable lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Dedication and commitment have taught me to finish what you started no matter what gets in your way. I learned to never give up on anything and to always have confidence in yourself. You always have to keep pushing and give it all you got. Lastly, athletics has taught me how to deal with time management. Between school, sports, and work I learned how to manage my time properly and make sure I got everything done that needed to be done. Sports shaped me into the person I am today and without them I would not have been able to learn these valuable lessons.

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    • I agree with the point you make about dedication and commitment but there are times when I strive away because I need a break, I believe I am speaking for everyone because no one can go all out at all times.

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    • I can relate to you on all points you made. Sports has always been my way or relieving stress and forgetting about all that had happened throughout the day. It has also helped me feel included with the community around me. I have made many friends throughout the numerous sports I’ve played throughout the years and many are still supporting me today. The lessons I have been taught will always stay with me ans will influence every decision I make

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    • As a person that sports have also been part of my whole life and has made me the person I am today, I totally agree with you. Those lessons will never be forgotten and especially that second family.

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  56. I do believe personally that playing sports has changed me in many ways that I did not think it would. When I look back at the first time I ever played basketball and saw how I was as a person and compare it to how I am now, it simply amazes me. I remember my team, my coach, and the court I played on; all through playing basketball was great exciting and the most fun I ever have done anything, there’s been times where we as a team would lose one game maybe two games and I would feel like all that I have been through was not enough. However, I didn’t stop when we would lose a game because I, later on, understood that we are not going to win all the battles in our life and that we should get back up and push even harder. From then on I would always have a mentality of me going out on that court, putting my best out and if it’s not enough, well then I would say to my self ” You Lose Some To Win Some”. Looking over my past I have learned many life lessons while being a player as well as a teammate. Also, I remember when my coach pulled me over when I was struggling in practice and said “Kid, you have to work hard to get what you want in this world and to succeed’. Till this day I have never forgotten that of what he said as well as that day. Athletics has definitely changed me for the better, I believe that if it wasn’t for athletics I would not be as hard working and be doing everything just to a point just move on. This is what I believe.

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  57. At the start of high school I joined the cross country team so I could get in shape and grow. I indeed grew physically, but I also grew mentally and my perspective on day to day things changed. During the beginning of cross country, I saw kids come on to the team and be instantly good at the sport. I thought it all to be because of natural talent, but I failed to see that senior members of the team had to endure hardships to get to the point that they were in. As each practice went by, I talked to the senior members more and saw that they earned their place on the team through hard work and determination. They showed me their times when they first started and I was amazed at how far they got. Starting from there I began to change my mindset on the sport and began to work hard and do the extra parts to get better. Soon enough, I was as good as those who were naturally talented at the sport. However my mindset did not turn off outside of cross country, but carried into school and daily activities. I used to be a slacker in middle school and get mediocre grades, but I worked hard in high school and achieved grades in classes that the top people in our class would get. Will Smith said, “Talent you have naturally. Skill is developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.”. That decision I made 4 years ago shaped my life and I am glad to have joined the cross country team otherwise I would’ve still be a slacker.

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    • This is really interesting because I also have a similar experience. When i first joined the team I noticed how everyone was better than me and I could not understand why. It was not until my second year of cross country when I truly learned how they became what they are. After months of training and becoming in the best shape of my life I got to see what all the hard work had accomplished for me. This hard work on the course led me to realize hard work is also needed in the classoom and not just in an athletic field.

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      • I like the point that you made in your post about hard work. I find that this is also true with everything in life. Putting in hard work will likely pay off in the long run (cross country pun).

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  58. I believe that playing sports can be really good for a anyone while growing up. Sports most of the time can help many kids and teenagers socialize with other people so that they don’t feel isolated from everyone else. This can also help kids stay away from other things that are happening in their surroundings. I can say from experience that this helps a lot because I was raised in a city and sometimes city life is really eye opening for someone while they are growing up. For a big part of my life I have played soccer so its a sport that has been with me since I was a six year old kid . While I would play soccer i would get time to know more kids from other origins, I came from a hispanic family so getting to know about other cultures through a sport is very great. The state of Wisconsin has a large of German and Polish population so I would get to see a lot of their culture through the sport that I loved. Once I moved to Massachusetts when I was fifteen years old I got to explore a different culture . Here I was able to get to know Portuguese culture with all the other kids that played soccer at my high school. Playing soccer since I was a kid was the best that could have ever happened to me . Not only did It kept me busy as kid to not have enough time to go into the bad life choices I could have possibly picked but it also exposed me to get to know other cultures that are within this country. I don’t think that id be the same person if it wasn’t for the fact that I played soccer as kid and got exposure to things that I wouldn’t have gotten to see if I didn’t play soccer.

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    • That a good reason for engaging in group sports-related activity, it helps you stay active and also allows you to learn about other cultures in this country. Sports really does shape the person you become from meeting a lot of people who share the same interest as you. For anyone who lacks social skills, group related sport is a gateway to build that skill.

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    • I agree with you on how sports can help you make friends and how they are an easy way to keep you busy in order to stay out of trouble

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    • I agree. Sports has always brought many people together and the communities are always enthusiastic to support those who play. Growing up surrounded by sports i have always experienced the family feeling that come with every team i have been a part of. This had the most impact while entering high school. I had attended a private school up until then and wasn’t acquainted with the majority of the people in town. Playing sports introduced me to many new friends and made the transition easier.

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  59. Sports and exercising are small ways that we as humans can escape the struggles of the real world for a while. I believe being active and doing things like going to the gym or jogging around a local park are essential for one’s mental and physical health. Someone who personally have gone through two ACL tears, I can say the hardest part that put a toll on my life was the recovery and not being able to be my active self. Sitting home all day in bed, not doing anything all day made my heard hurt and eventually, boredom would just cloud over my mind. Once I fully- recovered from the first ACL tear, sports are what made me happy again. You forget how lucky you are to be able to leave your house to go the gym or the field until you can’t anymore. Soccer and basketball are my favorite sports and I know if I need to release some stress, I could just go to the courts or strap my cleats up and the only thing on my mind is trying to become the next Neymar. Currently, I am recovering from another ACL surgery that I picked up in a soccer game right before the summer started. Staying inside all day really does stink again, but being able to at least walk my dog now and go out and exercise in some way does feel good. I know when I go up to Umass Dartmouth I will be using the athletics facilities to my advantage because I believe being active in athletics and exercising is the best for your mental and physical health.

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  60. Throughout my high school career I learned many things that made me who I am today. The most memorable experience was my junior year during my second year of cross country. I was never really interested in the sport but I joined the team so I could get ready for the winter and spring track seasons. During this season, one of our top runners was out on injury and I was determined to step up and try my best to make up for what was lost. Throughout this season I trained harder and harder every single day in order to accomplish this goal I had set. As the season progressed, training felt easier and my times all reduced. I was in the best shape of my life and I could not of been more happy with this season. All this hard work did pay off for the upcoming track seasons. During winter track I was still training hard and consistently winning my races at meets and making my way to the state meet. During the spring season i felt even better. I was winning just about every race and ended up going to states for a relay. This is where I learned that what you get out of anything only comes from the amount of effort you put into it and I keep this lesson with me for anything that it can apply to.

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    • That’s great that you felt you were in the best shape in your life! It’s good to always strive to become the strongest version of yourself.

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  61. I believe athletics can play a major role in developing someone’s character. When I was growing up at a young age I use to live around a lot of violence. Many teenagers around me were involved in gangs and violence. My older cousin advised me to not get involved in these activities so I could stay out of trouble. I often played sports such as basketball, to keep myself out of trouble. Basketball was a way for me to get away from all the problems in life and have fun. When you’re playing a team sport such as basketball you have teammates. Teammates can help build someone’s character because in order to have a successful team you have to learn how to work well with others. When I was playing basketball most of the time I played with older kids, and they taught me how to lead and what it takes to be successful. While playing basketball we used to play tournaments in the city, and sometimes out of state. Those tournaments helped me make a lot of friends and meet new people. It also helped me learn how to adapt to being in different environments. Being around the age of thirteen this was a great experience. It gave me the opportunity to be able to meet people from all across the country who came from different backgrounds, but shared a common interest. One of the best decisions I ever made in my life was to play basketball. It helped change my life for the better, and it also made me who I am today.

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  62. The aspect of Athletics, I believe is to put those whose desires are to become the brightest talents in today’s world. Considering that some of the words famous Athletes in their different areas of Sport, the likes of Lebron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, and others alike, have gone from nobody’s to being idols in their various sport shows how much Athletics plays a growing mark in Kids of today and the future to come. I have personally been impacted by Athletics is many various ways but most importantly, in the world of soccer. Its taught me attitude, mindset, giving me ideas and showed me how to not be s judgemental towards others I don’t particularly agree with, but to coincide with them and see things from their perspective. Soccer has definitely helped me become more of a team player. Based on the world we live in with Our president going out of his way to separate young children from their loved ones, I believe it’s a great way to bring people together. Soccer also helped not just me, but many others who felt like they weren’t/aren’t accepted. Many of the situations being because of the color of their skin or the religion they worshipped and therefore ridiculed for it. it also helped me stabilize myself when it came to defeats and wins. I became mature in knowing how to handle a loss and not show my frustrations and when we got a win to keep calm and keep practicing in preparations for the next game. I believe that my actions on the field present itself to people of the type of person I am. Soccer has made me grow up an become mature enough to make the biggest decisions in my life. I just love watching/playing soccer because just as a good education is vital for everyone who deserves and strives to earn it, Its so important for my maturity and becoming the best person I can be.

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  63. In America, many families use youth sports to help their children make new friends, find something that they enjoy doing, or just something that will keep them active hopefully for years to come. By the time high school comes around they’ve either fallen in love with a sport or decided it’s not for them. In my case i had fallen in love with basketball. Whether it was sunny, raining, or snowing I’d find a way to go out in my driveway and play until my neighbors yelled at me to go to sleep at midnight. I played my freshman and sophomore year still loving the game and continuing to work at it going into my junior year. Right before tryouts that year I took a glance at my grades and that glance became me staring at the computer screen realizing I needed to do better in the classroom. I had a tough decision to make, try to keep balancing both basketball and school or begin to focus on only school. The next couple of days I was missurable walking around school with that decision on my mind. I grew up loving basketball but I knew I had to do good in school to continue to be successful in life. The next day I walked into my coaches office, almost with tears running down my face, to tell him I wouldn’t be trying out this year. That decision made me who I am today, I was able to get it together in the classroom and actually take pride in my grades.

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  64. I started playing basketball my freshman year of high school. Now it is my way of life, my escape from reality. I play whenever I can and as much as I can. I can’t imagine a life without a ball in my hand and a hoop on my view. I strive to be as good as I can be. To me, basketball isn’t just a hobby or a sport, it is a way to keep myself motivated and excited about the next day. I was never any good on my basketball team, but I always worked hard and tried my best. My coach always believed in me and pushed me to succeed as much as possible. He never let me get comfortable, pushing me to keep improving in as many areas as possible. It was hard trying to fit in to a team where everyone else is better than you. The hard work I put into the game, however, led to gaining the respect of my teammates and a starting position on the team. If it were not for basketball, my high school experience would have been very tedious and boring. I would have no drive to push myself in academics, or anything at all. I remember the days where we would run constant suicides for every time a student messed around, whether it be in class or on the court. Those sprints back and forth gave me the strength to push myself to be better and to improve myself in every area of my life.

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    • Sports do make high school a lot better in the way they help you make friends and keep you motivated. I also can relate to doing suicides because a team member messed up in class or during practice.

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  65. To many people sports and athletics only seem like a past time or a hobby, but to me when I was younger sports helped build my character, make new friends, and find role models. Sports teach you the idea of being a team player and many people being reliant on you on the field and in the real world. This idea of reliance follows you into school and while working. An example of this would be when you call out from work, this may screw around with peoples schedules and what else they would have to do in your absence. Although this example doesn’t relate directly to sports and athletics, it is team sports that can help you learn some of these lessons.

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    • I enjoyed reading your blog Nick, even though I wish it was longer and maybe you went into more debt of what you meant when saying how much your presence matters. You also didn’t mention how it created your character I think both of those would’ve made this a great blog. It is already very good and I enjoyed your connection to work and I also liked how you explained how sports can be used as life lessons.

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    • I feel the same way. Soccer helped me grow as a person in the same way. Sports can offer so many resources to people and that’s why sports should be viewed as an important and influential platform for young kids.

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  66. Why I believe In exercise and why I do it. Weather you run, lift or do any kind of any sport it doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing some kind of exercise. Exercise is the best therapy you forget all your problems and your only focusing on the task at hand a competition between your body and mind. Your body is just a capsule at one point your body will go numb and it’s on autopilot. For me most recently its been running because it really is a mental game If you can win the mental aspect you can run for as long as you want you have to push yourself to the limit. I think you can supplement Sleep with Exercise I rather go exercise for 3 hours and lose 3 hours of sleep. Your body and mind will feel better after a great exercise session. At the end of the day excersise is a competition with yourself to push yourself. Through sports you meet a lot of new people and you create precious memories. I encourage everyone to do exercise because you will become a more organized and Determined human being, life will not only get easier but it will push you to new limits. Just like life exercise is all about trials and tribulations. In sports just like in life you fail a lot and you pick yourself up a lot and get better. It’s all about improving. Just remember to always work harder.

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  67. I played baseball my entire life up until the end of high school. It was the sport I always played more than one season of every year. Baseball is a team sport and it really showed me how working as a team can benefit so much. The game is a game of failure, not everyone tends to realize that. If you don’t keep your head up and put a mistake in the past, it doesn’t only affect you, it affects your entire team. Coaches expectations go up a lot once you become a senior. They want you to always make sure the underclassmen are doing what they are supposed to be doing, as well as teaching them how to do it when they don’t. Having this responsibility helped develop my character. Thinking about what I would want in a leader helped me become a better one. Leadership can also help in the classroom as well. When working on a group project it is essential to choose the correct partners and have good decision making. If you choose people that tend to talk and not work it can easily lead to failure. You must be able to take charge if your group doesn’t want to put in the effort. If you can choose the right group for your work style, then you have a better chance of succeeding. There have been many different events that have helped shape my character, whether it’s been from baseball or from the classroom. I am excited for the next 4 years and the changes it will make for my life.

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    • I played baseball up until right now as well. Baseball is like life as you’re going to fail a lot; but it will all be worth it once you succeed. Great post, sports can teach so many important life lessons that could be missed by not participating.

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    • This is really well said. Understanding and being part of a team is such a rewarding thing. I can also relate to this post. My senior year of High School I was also a captain of my baseball team so, I can completely understand what you’re saying when it comes to coaches expectations and taking charge.

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  68. I believe that playing sports throughout my entire life taught me many important values that have made me into the person I am today. I have been involved in baseball my entire life and for one thing, it taught me how to be a leader. In high school, I was the captain of the varsity baseball team my senior year. this obviously helps me to develop my leadership skills which are something I believe is very important. another value baseball taught me was work ethic. in order to improve on anything in your life whether its athletics or something personal, you need to have a good work ethic. I feel baseball taught me to work towards a goal and to not stop until you reach that goal. this is something that I apply to anything in life, and I believe you can accomplish anything with good work ethic. I give a lot of credit to my couches and dad for teaching me things values that would help me out in growing into a better person. another value I think is important is responsibility. having to go to baseball practice and games a lot has taught me to be responsible on getting to them on time. also, being a captain, I held a responsibility of running the team and making sure that everything was in line. overall sports, in general, taught me a lot of important values that I still hold to this day, and help mold me into the person I am today.

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  69. A world of people, yet not one shares the same story. A planet of nations, each one remarkably different from the next. UMass Dartmouth, a melting pot of diversity and culture and my home for the next four years. There is something about my past experiences that depletes my worries for the change that many students around the globe are about to delve into. A new life, a fresh start, and a whole lot of changes that daunt students and parents alike. For me, I believe that understanding each other above all else makes this adjustment from childhood to adulthood easier for all parties. During my time as a soccer player in my youth, I have had the privilege of experiencing new cultures and ways of life both here in The United States with my teammates and abroad in the outer world. Soccer alone has brought me all over the United States, Canada, Portugal, and Spain. On the field the information gained was truly great but what strikes me the most from my travels is the experiences I witnessed off the field, for these were simply invaluable. “How could we as people live so differently yet be so much the same?” I would always say to myself. After traveling to such wonderful places and playing with teammates from the likes of Ghana, Nigeria, Bolivia, Brazil, Portugal, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Spain, Greece, Thailand, etc.. it has become clear to me that culture should not divide people but unite them. Though I have learned and applied this through sport I believe that it is crucial for all of us to try to better understand each other and our backgrounds from every corner of the earth as one, strong UMass Dartmouth community; for this is what I believe.

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  70. In my view, athletics had served a bigger purpose than giving me a spot in society and physical exercise. Athletics, if anything was the figment of reality that I was able to latch onto and push my mental, physical and emotional state to uncharted territories. Doing so, not only made me the person I am today, but made me realize that my identity is not prescribed by society, in fact, it is prescribed by myself. The ideological self, or one’s mind, is not based on what one person can or cannot do, it is based on the will to do it. My highschool career consisted of Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, and Cross Country. Did I choose to join these sports so that I can simply fit in? At first, yes, but as time passed, no, it was for a different reason. Devoting me life to athletics, at my own free will, made me realize that I was in charge of my life; I was in charge of my own race. It was not just a race against my opponent, but it was a race against time and against myself. Can I become the ideal person that I have thought of in time? – Or will I be stuck in the embodiment of a persona that I have yet to accept. Although I have discovered who I am, or who I really am through athletics, my race is yet to be over. I still have miles to go to finally settle with my ideal identity. However, I know I am not the only one, there are others preparing for their race and trying to get back on the course – let it be reminded that if you choose to run straight on a curved course, you will always reach the finish line.

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  71. I truly believe my time playing soccer in high school helped me grow as a person. As a freshman on the varsity team, I was very shy and sometimes felt intimidated by being with the older kids. As a result, I had to learn how to express myself in new ways, which allowed me to open up and approach new people.
    The coaches and older kids you meet through sports are crucial to this process and are one of the reasons why athletics can be so influential to some individuals. Personally, I learned skills during that time that have been and hopefully will continue to be very important. For example, I feel more comfortable when interviewing for a new job and I believe that my experiences will help me make new friends during these first few weeks at a new school. Playing soccer also helped me learn how to become a leader and hopefully a role model. I was fortunate to be a two-year captain in high school, which meant many younger kids were looking up to me. I definitely had to learn how not to be selfish and help others grow like I did back when I was the intimated freshman in the program.

    This is why I believe that athletics is such an influential platform for children and teenagers to grow as people both physically and mentally. There are many examples of coaches and teammates who end up being important role models in many people’s lives. They can provide advice and many other things that may not be as common in everyday life. That is why being an advocate for youth sports is crucial and a valuable thing to support.

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  72. Sports have always had a major impact on my life. Even before I could play them I would watch my brothers play all the time. The competition is what really intrigues me, working together with a group of people to win a game seems silly to a lot of people, but to me it was a lot more. Winning a game made me more than just happy, it made me proud knowing that the weeks worth of long practices was worth it. Sports taught me how to stay motivated and to keep pushing myself even when it seems like everything is telling me not to. Without sports i wouldn’t be the same determined student that i am today. On top of this sports have also kept me healthy, in a world where there are a lot of things that can affect your health, sports have kept me moving constantly. Without sports my life would be a lot different I’ve had many memories on the fields and courts that will leave a lasting impression on me for years to come.

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  73. I am a believer that getting active helps alleviate tensions in the body that is caused by stress. Many sports, for example, can be an escape route when one is in that situation. It is proven that exercising can improve your brain health and make you happier by releasing endorphins. It can improve the characteristics of people making them more self-sufficient. It gives you the ability to challenge yourself and strive for bigger rewards. Having a goal set in a sport is important to learn the ability to handle any obstacles. For example, in boxing, I felt intimidated by getting punched in the face by bigger opponents. I then started to train on my own time and condition my body to take such impacts. I tried pushing myself to the limit, and the end goal was met. I didn’t fear bigger opponents as much and I’m now more courageous to step out of my boundaries and take more risk. The sport taught me how to become relaxed in intense situations, and that skill was useful for managing emotions during stressful months in school. It taught me how to persevere during the roughest times. I also became more self-aware of my mental state of mind, and it made me live in the present. If you challenge yourself and work hard, you’ll be surprised by how far you’ve come. It gives you the perspective to make adjustments within yourself whether it is physically or mentally. If you lack certain areas of yourself and want improvement, then I believe you should join a sport or get active by exercising and challenge yourself by setting a goal.

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  74. For most of us the first sport we practice or enjoy will not be the one we do competitively in high school or college, but it is still a time when we can make memories and have fun without thinking of other capacities and results. Some people are able to set a goal from the very start and follow that dream when they become older, and others have to follow and surpass the unthinkable, while some give up along the way because they do not have the dedication needed. Athletes get injured all the time and some even go through the pain and keep practicing and competing, but when your sport is swimming and you have to stay in the hospital for a week, following a 6-week period of fluids in your system. After having experienced an injury or illness, it is very hard to decide whether one wants to get back to the sport because they doubt that they can come back and be better than what they had done in the past. This past summer I was supposed to lifeguard, but after realizing the pain I immediately went to the hospital, the doctors told me I was fine and that it would just take a bit of time. I left for a two week trip on an island in France but could not walk and had to stay on the couch all day long. I knew something was wrong because the pain was getting worse along the way, and so I resorted to seeing doctors in France as well, but they could not help me. I went back to the US and completed and MRI which showed that I had osteomyelitis, a back infection to the lower bones and disks. At this point I knew it would take me awhile to get back in the water, and that it would be harder to get back to where I was or further. I was afraid because I had never felt such a strong and lasting pain in my body, but at the same time I knew that others suffer a much greater deal and that there was no place for me to complain.

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  75. I believe that sports can teach you lessons that can be applied to other areas in life leading to success. Playing sports has shaped me as a person and introduced me to life long friends. The biggest lesson I have learned through sports is that when you get knocked down you have to get back up. A specific example that led me to strongly believe in this happened during my sophomore and junior season on the Ipswich High School Lacrosse team. My junior year we had a talented team that saw nothing preventing us from winning the state championship. That year we went into the state semifinal with a record of 18-1 and ended up getting blown out 16-2. We all walked onto the bus with our heads down thinking we’d never get to state. Fast forward close a year when I was a junior and we had the same goal as a team. That offseason we spent hundreds of hours training and playing to reach our full potential. This time around we ended up winning the state championship with a record of 20-2 to bring home Ipswichs’ first state championship in lacrosse in fourteen years. The feeling that brought to me and my teammates gave us a bond that will last forever and taught us to always get back up even when you get knocked down hard. This experience changed me as a person and taught me a great life lesson that I will apply in other areas of my life.

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  76. I believe that Athletics can play a crucial part in the life of a young child. Playing sports such as soccer, basketball and football can help develop a person’s character. While growing up I used to play sports as an escape from my reality. I used athletics to help keep me away from the trouble that was happening in my community. My dad first introduced me to soccer when I was thirteen years old. At first I did not enjoy playing soccer but after a month went by I began to become closer and closer with my teammates. The teammates that you have on your team can help develop a person’s character. This is because in order to have a successful team, you and your teammates must learn to work together and cooperate. During my high school senior year, I was selected to become the captain of the soccer team. Athletics could help shape a person’s character by making them acquire strong leadership skills. Being the captain of the soccer team made me have stronger leadership skills and abilities as I was in charge of keeping watch of the entire team. When I was younger I used to travel to different cities and states to play in tournaments. During these tournaments I met many different people and made many different friends from across the country. All of these people had grown up in different environments and different backgrounds. Getting exposure to the different ways of life from meeting people during the soccer tournaments helped to improve my character.

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  77. I believe that sports require more mental determination than physical skill and that learning and improving the skill to push yourself is of utmost importance. I joined my high school cross-country team at a time in my life were I had medical issues and was pretty anxious. The only reason I joined the team in the first place was because I thought I was missing out. The first day of practice I wanted to quit but I had some good people in my life supporting me and telling me to go on. When I went for runs I would have to push my self constantly, and tell myself ‘just to that tree or lamp post’. I did not know it at the time but I was not only exercising my body but also developing the skill of coercing myself to do more than I thought I could accomplish. I found my self improving immensely not by my mileage but by me practicing this new intangible skill in other parts of my life like school, choirs at home, and even my hobbies. I defiantly believe that the mental aspect of my sport, cross-country, is important to participation in the sport and life.

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  78. Participating on a team and being involved in athletics has been apart of my life since I was six years old. Being a teammate and playing the sport has shaped me in being the person I am today. Basketball is my favorite sport, I started playing when I was six playing at the Boys and Girls in New Beford, and continued playing through middle school till all my four years of highschool. As a kid I was very shy never used to talk, but being on a team made me interact with people I’ll know for a lifetime. As a freshman playing on varsity I was back to being the shy girl, but as years went by I’ve opened up playing the game I love and by senior year I was caption. Being a caption is the greatest feeling knowing that your team looks up to you and follows your example. The values of being a caption shaped me as a leader for my team and was my best highschool experience.
    Junior year was the most fearful an tragic season I had to go through. Preseason I worked so hard going to conditioning and basketball practices, I was ready for tryouts to come. A week after tryouts it our first scrimmage we were playing great and its the last quarter, and I fall and later find out I tore my ACL. But I knew this wasn’t going to stop me from playing ever again. Physical therapy was hard but I knew I could do six months of training an I was back to be myself on the court and I do look forward to be playing this coming fall as a Corsair.

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  79. The Main reason why I decided to go to Umass Dartmouth was because I have the opportunity to play field hockey. It can promote a cleaner diet and more exercise through out the busy year. Not only does field hockey provide exercise but it forms an immidiate friend group who support and motivate each other through out the year. I find myself more excited about college knowing that I will have a group of friends that are similar to me, who I will get to know before he school year even starts. I find that with joining athletics I have an opportunity to represent a school Another way besides academics. I believe that sports help build teamwork and leadership which are skills that can be used later in life in professional jobs. Joining athletics promote a healthy lifestyle and different connections. I am elated to kick off the school year with an amazing team!

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  80. Athletics in general shape who you are as a person. Playing sports helps you make friends because it forces you to interact with other people. Growing up playing sports is where you meet your best friends. The people that you talk to and remember for the rest of your life. You might not remember a specific play that happened but you’ll remember who was on the team. Playing sports also helps you figure out who you are. They teach you life lessons. I played baseball my entire life. As I got older especially in high school there was a lot more responsibilities. It wasn’t just about showing up and playing. It was about conducting yourself and doing the right thing constantly. Setting an example. Everybody is watching what you do. When you’re a senior on the team it makes these responsibilities sky rocket. Your coach looks for you to set an example for the younger kids with every single thing you do. This helped me. I saw what happened with just about everything I did. People notice. This made me want to strive to constantly do the right thing. It taught me how important your actions are and how you conduct yourself in general. These qualities I learned from playing baseball shift over to the classroom as well. You can’t just show up, you have to put in the work. This shows leadership because it gives a good example. My experience in playing sports helped me with my experience in the classroom because it showed me the importance of the way you conduct yourself.

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  81. In the generation that we live in, often individuals believe that things will be handed to them. In athletics, things will not be rewarded without hard work and dedication that is put in to one’s sport. I have played sports all my life, soccer, field hockey, basketball, softball, anything I got a chance to try. And one lesson that all of those years playing sports have taught me was nothing can beat the hard work that an athlete is putting into their specific sport. When somebody’s skills failed to work or impress, the individual that showed a strong work ethic would be the one noticed and praised for what they were doing. It is so impressive to see an athlete give their all in every single drill, practice, and game. When I started playing field hockey I was not the strongest in my sport, but after years of hard work and dedication my skills improved tremendously. I was praised for being the “coachable athlete who gives 100% in everything”, it never went unnoticed. I worked my way to being an athlete who was scouted by multiple Division 2 and Division 3 schools and came in as a freshman who started their first collegiate game. But none of it was because I had skill that was above average or amazing compared to those around me, it came from working hard, knowing what I wanted and how I was going to get it. Hard work is what got me to be the athlete I am today, I never expected anything to be handed to me or anything to be easy. I worked for what I wanted.

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  82. Everybody who has played a sport in their life has lost. Whether it was a recreational game, for a travel team, or maybe even a school team it didn’t change the fact that loosing is a terrible feeling. In a world with so many differences, everybody could agree on that. But what people do when they lose is what defines them. Some make excuses, they blame the referees or say the other team played unfair. Some people let their emotions get them best of them and sulk or become enraged. Dealing with defeat is the easiest way to see one’s growth of character.
    During my senior year of football, I learned the hard way. Everybody thought that this was going to be the year that we were going to make some noise in the playoffs. It was our first year in the SCC and we earned the SCC large title after a victory at Old Rochester. After that game we felt like it was our year. We felt unstoppable. Then came Foxborough, like a hurricane. In a blink of an eye we were down by 14 and our best player left the game with a concussion. Nothing went our way. After the game, the locker room was as silent as a crypt. Nobody dared to speak. I felt like the hard work we put in was all for nothing and we failed everybody. That was one of the worst nights of my life. But when I woke up in the morning, I realized that I gained more from that game than I realized. No matter what life does to strike you down and make you feel terrible, life goes on. Losing makes you realize how good winning really feels.

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  83. Sticking to the Game

    I believe being involved in any sport is more than just being the best on the team. It’s about responsibility and loyalty. I come from the puny town of Berkley and as a kid I was one of the biggest in my town. So of course, when the football coach from the high school I was going to came to my middle school, I immediately signed up. I’ve never been more excited to start something in my life; this was something I knew I was going to excel at. Then suddenly, the first day of practice comes. I look to see who my fellow teammates were and quickly realized how small I was compared to most of them. Nonetheless, I got two concussions and was outmatched on a lot of kids I had to cover or even sometimes block. This caused me to not play my sophomore year. This was one of the most regrettable decisions of my life, coming from a guy who has a “no regrets” personality. I gave up on myself and my team and for that failed at being responsible. Luckily, I decided to play football for the rest of high school and enjoyed every second of it. I wasn’t the best on the team by any means but just being there taught me so many lessons to succeed in college and throughout life. Never give up on something because of one failure; keep trying until you succeed and I promise it’ll all be worth it. In the end, trying is all someone can do even if they aren’t successful the first time.

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  84. I have been on the varsity basketball team since sophomore year, the year we were undefeated and won our championship game. The following season we had a goal of winning the Championship game again. Committing to basketball was a large adjustment, however, the camaraderie and loving bonds created with my teammates was something I could not miss out on. Throughout tryouts, I was excited to win another championship. I was adventurous, ambitious, and confident that we could do it. Our starters were in good shape, we were convinced that we’d have another undefeated season. We made it to the championship game again, but I only felt powerless and useless as I watched on the bench. Together we took a defeat. I kept pondering about how complacent I had become over the season. I relied so heavily on my teammates, I didn’t even think about the effort I could have contributed to help us become victorious. I focused on my team immensely instead of improving myself. Upset with how the season ended, I knew I would need to step up. Basketball had become not only an elective I played it something I genially loved doing. Playing this sport only made me create sisterly bonds with people I would’ve never even spoken to. With this current season, I was determined to push myself hard during practices as a means to become better and be physically prepared to play in a game for as long as my coach deems it necessary. I had never become so dedicated to anything in my life. It not only became a motivation to stay academically eligible but it caused me to make healthier choices when it came to eating. Within every practice, I saw it as an opportunity to push myself as a player and captain. I knew as one of the Seniors on the team then I had to be a role model to the younger girls, and luckily the hard work paid off. This is why I believe that sports are an eye-opening chance for people to see how hard work and dedication pays off in the long run.

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