I can't remember not playing basketball. I started at age five in a local church sports program. My dad played basketball so I started playing because I wanted to be just like him. Once I started, I loved it.
There have been several people involved over the years that have provided influence and encouragement through out the years. One in particular is my middle school coach and teacher. Coach Smith encouraged me to succeed in the classroom and on the court. Although I am now in high school, he will still work with me when I am having difficulties or just need a little push and encouragement; I will always be thankful for him. The biggest influence in my life would have to be my family. My parents are my biggest supporters and I would not be who I am today without them.
I suffered a minor injury my freshman year and fortunately was only out a few weeks. I feel like that experience helped me grow more as a player, teammate, and a person. I got a different perspective to the game. I learned the value of teamwork and leadership. While I was unable to play, I took a different role and became a resource for my teammates. I provided encouragement. When needed, I would help them when they needed something a little extra. When something wasn't working, I would help them to learn a new way.
The hardest thing for me to work through was playing with my younger sister. I would always want to be the big sister instead of a teammate. We both soon realized that we needed to be teammates, instead of sisters. We pushed each other to be better which made the team better. It started out as a hard situation but will end of being one of my best memories.
I am looking for a program that is athletically and academically a good fit for me. I believe that I have the character, work-ethic, determination, commitment, and talent to compete for a college team.