Hello, my name is Carlos Morales, my friends call me Carli, I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 16, 2003. I have an older sister, her name is Ariana. She just finished her first year of college in Spain and is majoring in architecture. My parents are Luis Morales and Maritere Pagan.
I have always enjoyed sports. Growing up I played mostly baseball and volleyball, I started playing baseball when I was 7 and played until I was 12 years old. I played both sports simultaneously but had to choose one. I chose volleyball. I started playing volleyball in the third grade and still look forward to practicing every day. During the summertime, beach volleyball is what I love to do. Volleyball is my passion, I look forward to playing every day, whether in the court or on the beach.
When I started playing sports I always wanted to prove to myself and to those that did not believe in me. Many did not believe in me because of my learning disabilities and language disorder. It affected me with my speech when communicating with my teammates and coaches as well as understanding instructions. That is something I had to deal with every day in the classroom and on the courts. Since I could not communicate well I had to perform and work much more than the others to prove myself to my peers, teammates, teachers, and coaches.
Last summer while playing in the Boys Junior National Championship in Dallas, Texas. Our team got in third place (Bronze Medal) in the gold bracket 15U Club Tournament. Our team, Borinquen Coqui 15-2, came out ranked 12th out of 158 teams from the U.S.A. The highlight of the tournament was when I got selected to the “All-Tournament Team” 15 and under. My coach was extremely proud of me, he said that I was selected to that team because of my hard work and dedication throughout the whole year.
Unfortunately, this season 2019/2020 was cut short due to Covid. Not being able to play volleyball since March has been very difficult, it made me realize how much I miss it and how much it means to me. I've missed so much going to practice, working out with the team, learning from coaches and mentors, being competitive, and playing tournaments. But there is one thing that I've miss more than any other, having fun. Just to go out and play and have fun doing it, that is what I miss most. Being stuck indoors is no fun at all. Fortunately, since the summer, I've been playing beach volleyball. For this upcoming season, my main motivation will be to have fun, keep practicing, and keep learning.
As I mentioned before, I love sports, in college, I want to major in Sports Management. I would love to go to a great school that offers Sports Management as a major as well as having an awesome volleyball program. Being a student-athlete in college is something I really look forward to. I believe that I have the work ethic, character, and passion to make a great team much better.