I have been playing basketball since the age of seven. It has been my life’s passion. Playing college basketball has been a lifelong goal for me and to achieve that would be a dream come true. Basketball has taught me that by setting many achievable short term goals, and working hard to see them through, that I can lay the roadwork for fulfilling my long term dreams.
At the age of 7, I started working out with a program called Steady Buckets, where I first fell in love with the sport. When I began, basketball didn't come easily to me. I was always one of the smallest girls on the court and didn't have an aggressive personality. However, I simply loved the game, so I was determined to improve and eventually excel. For the next seven years, I worked hard every chance I got. I was a regular presence at my youth program, and I listened to everything my coach, Macky Bergman taught us. I tried to encompass our program’s motto, “Outwork ‘em,” in every aspect of my game. I attended clinics and summer camps, played in local tournaments and joined an AAU program. Through hard work and perseverance, I grew stronger, faster, smarter, and developed my individual skills. My number one goal to this point in my life, was to play varsity high school basketball. This year, as a freshman, I accomplished that goal. I am the starting point guard and our leading scorer and rebounder. We are currently 4-2 and about to begin league play. Next I would like to become my High School’s all-time leading scorer and win our conference championship every year. After that, I want to go on to become a collegiate student athlete. My experience with this wonderful game has taught me that lack of natural ability is not a reason to quit. And that if I set a goal, no matter how high, and work consistently and tirelessly to achieve it, there is nothing that can stop me.
This mindset carries over into my academics as well. Basketball instilled in me a work ethic that I doubt I would otherwise have. While I’ve mentioned how much I love this game, I'm very aware that academics are my real ticket to playing in college, and they are my number one priority. I havent received my first trimester's grades yet, but I am excelling in all of my classes and expect to bring in mostly, if not all A's. Without the foundation that basketball has built, I could not imagine having the same amount of grit and dedication that I have today. I hope to continue my hard work in college while playing for a program that wants me as much as I want them.