I have been playing football since I was six years old. Since I first stepped on the field, I have aspired to play at the collegiate level. I began running track at the age of 9 that led me to go on to winning several medals in the West Coast Jr. Olympics. I know that playing in college is a once in a lifetime opportunity that could change my whole life. I feel that much of my personal development can be attributed to my involvement in sports. My involvement in football and track has given me a great sense of purpose to my life and teaching me important values. I have learnt, for example, the importance of self-belief and determination when, in the second year of playing I was asked to move up to varsity as one of the youngest players on the team. Becoming involved in this much more competitive level of varsity football in turn taught me self-discipline and the importance of going that extra mile and putting in as much effort as expected from my team mates. I have discovered that sport is unique in its ability to instill such values in people through real-life experience, and I would be pleased to gain additional skills and knowledge at the collegiate level.
I am always working to improve my skills as well as training to get bigger, faster and stronger. I am a team leader and try to lead by example while also encouraging my teammates. I am very coachable and strive to be one of the hardest working players and one of the hardest working recruits you’ll find. I have been awarded TCAL First Team All League DB, All-Area DB, MVP Running Back, and MVP. In the classroom, I study hard and am trying to maintain a high GPA while taking rigorous classes such as trigonometry, chemistry, and Art Honors. I also volunteer at local community initiatives and I am currently involved in several leadership programs.
I want to attend a college where I can push myself in the classroom and on the football field. A college education will allow me to continue to exercise and shape up my intellectual mind. Playing football allows me to continue to exercise my physical body and to be mentored by coaches and other players on the team. My humble spirit, leadership qualities that have developed organically over the years, commitment to the team environment, and I take responsibility for any change in my knowledge base, in my personal development and give authority for the changes that will occur in my performance and attitude are what make me a good candidate to play at the collegiate level. These qualities have also afforded me to authentically “mentor” others on the team by taking the lead, teaching, and showing them techniques and strategies whether in track, football or via the mentoring programs that I am involved in.
I am open to all options and want to ultimately find the right college match at the highest level of competition possible. Equipped with the skills of a degree and my boundless enthusiasm for the sport of football I hope to become a great role model to all my peers and make my parents proud. An unknown author stated, “BE STRONG, YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU ARE INSPIRING”. I want to be strong and inspire on and off the field.
~Zion Booker ~