Softball to me has always been about something more than just the game itself. My love for the game comes from the environment, 15 girls all working together, whether you are starting or cheering from the dugout, everyone is sharing the same passion and love. I started playing when I was 5 years old. Back then it was about trying to hold a bat twice your weight. It soon developed into this competitive, thrilling game, which I soon learned would be the love of my life. Softball has taught me many life lessons which I was not exposed to in the classroom. It taught me teamwork, leadership, the feeling of victory, the feeling of loss, and most importantly it taught and showed me who my family was for life. Family to me doesn't necessarily mean blood related, it means the people who will be there for you and love you for whom you are. Throughout my 10 years of playing I have added many people into my family which I never would have been able to do without softball. My softball career, sadly, will end after college, and I know that, but with all the life lessons I have learned from softball I hope to become a Child Therapist. I am constantly holding myself accountable for grades and extracurriculars, pushing myself to be the best I can be. All in all, softball will forever be the source of my drive to become a better person for me, for my family, for my friends and for my future after softball.