The first four years of my ODP career, I was never selected for the state team. This helped me realize that talent alone doesn't cut it, hard work is needed in order to be a successful athlete. By my fifth year of ODP I was selected for the state team, and that same year I was also selected for the regional team. Not making the state team helped me set a foundation for hard work. Being the best player I can be has always been my goal. I try to find my weaknesses and work on them so I can be as effective as possible on the field, in the classroom, and in my social life.
Last year, I was offered the opportunity to play for a team who qualified for the National championship. After careful consideration, I realized that leading my team to a National championship was important to me as a captain and an individual. One year later, my team just won the Michigan U16 State Cup and will be competing in the Midwest regional event end of June 2019. I'm proud to work with such a great team and coach; and, the sense of accomplishment I have from working hard to achieve this opportunity is significant both as a player and leader on the field. I am often told I have significant composure, maturity and positive leadership on and off the field; these skills are important for me to continue to work on refining; rising tides lift all boats and soccer is a game that benefits from the collective we mindset.
Playing with teams and coaches to work toward optimizing talent and promoting good, clean, competitive and successful soccer is a goal I continue to work towards full filling. Challenging myself to continually grow and improve myself so I can be an important part of a team is core to who I am as an athlete and person.