My parents got me involved in sports at an early age. My mom was an All American Track & Field athlete, so naturally they thought I would follow suit with the sport. However, they encouraged me not to limit myself, and to be open to participating in multiple sports. I’m currently on the Track & Field, Basketball, and Soccer teams at my school. My experience with those teams has taught me the importance of being a team player, being coachable, and being open to constructive criticism, in order to grow and be the best person and athlete I could be. This is something that all of my coaches have commended me on over the years.
At the end of my sophomore year, I tore my ACL and my meniscus. An injury like that might discourage most from coming back to the sport, but I knew I wasn’t ready for my career to end, and that if I worked hard I would be back and better than ever. I have been working extremely hard to get back in the game, whether it be on the court, track, or soccer field. One thing this injury has taught me is perseverance, because there will be obstacles thrown at you throughout life, and you have got to be able to persevere through whatever challenges you face.