My name is Nicole Shano; I am currently a sophomore at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix, AZ. I plan to major in physical therapy and minor in business. The purpose of this statement is to express my desire and passion to pursue softball at the next level. Softball has already offered me so many amazing opportunities and has connected me with fantastic coaches and players who I look up to as role models. My ultimate goal is to play softball at the college level and be on the field with a team. I am willing to put whatever it takes in becoming the best softball player I’m capable of being. I fully understand that academics are the most essential element of college but I believe that being part of a team creates life long bonds, teamwork, and character. I believe that the only way to get better at something is by challenging and pushing yourself to the limit. This is why I find softball so appealing. Softball is not an easy game. It’s a game of precision, timing, focus and dedication.