I spent a lot of time at the ballpark with my older brother. When I turned 4, I couldn’t wait, and I told my mom I wanted to play T-Ball. At 7, I fell in love with travel ball, the intensity, the environment, and the game itself! I enjoyed being a part of the team. A team working together for common goal- it’s really powerful. Being a student of the game is also a priority, learning as much as I can. This game can be both mentally and physically difficult. When it’s 100 degrees and you’re 13 hours and 6 games in at the ball park- going in to the championship game- you dig deep and find things inside yourself, you didn’t know you had. Mental strength, and willingness to learn and adapt are so important for a player on and off the field. I’ve had people tell me I wasn’t capable of doing things, or I wasn’t good enough. Instead of giving up, it just made work harder. Not only did I have to find a way to overcome their lack of faith, but I had to overcome my own self-doubt. Losing the fear of not being enough, is the greatest gift softball has given. I am forever changed by it. Softball has helped me become the best version of myself and continues to do so. This an amazing game for so many reasons. I am thankful to have been a part of it so long, and hope to continue to be a part of it for many years to come.