When I was younger, my dad and I would always play catch either after school or when he was off work. Around age four, my parents took me to the summer sign-ups for t-ball. We have been signing up for baseball ever since. Summer ball led to all-stars, which led to fall ball that carried to tournament ball. I have been on a tournament team with a core group of teammates and coaches for nearly eight years now. This has helped solidify my love for sports.
My parents have been a strong support system for everything I have been involved in -- School, gymnastics, karate, football, boy scouts, and most definitely, baseball. One major event that has influenced who I am on and off the field happened my freshman year. I was the quarterback for my ninth grade football team. One play in one game changed my life in an instant. My center snapped the ball late and the person I was suppose to give it to was already past me, so I had to take it. Out of nowhere, unblocked, the outside linebacker swoops in and bring me down by my arm. Then, as I was getting up, I noticed that my arm was bent in the wrong spot. I had to leave the game with a broken arm, which luckly was not my throwing arm. I had to wear my "Hamburg Purple" cast for six weeks. The broken arm happened just a few weeks before baseball tryouts at my school. I had to sit out a majority of my freshman season just because of a bad snap. Since then, I have worked even harder than ever before so I could be back to where I was prior to the break. Being the quarterback, you learn to be a team player and a good leader on and off the field. In baseball, you are going strikeout, make a bad throw, and even sit on the bench. That's when you learn to grit your teeth and keep encouraging your teammates. I intend to continue improving my leadership skills as well as being responsible for my own actions. My parents have taught me that if you really want to do it, then you have to put in the work to get there. My high school goals academically is to graduate with honors. I have full intentions of earning a bachelors degree in college, but I would like to major in some type of engineering or computing. I may even come back to college and earn my masters degree.