I started playing tennis at the age of 5yrs old. By the time I was 7yrs old, my coach (Willy) had nicknamed me the Police Officer. He did this because as our group worked hard, I made sure no one slacked off. At times my coach loved this about me and other times he told me to cut it out. Through the years and maturing, I have taken this trait and learned to turn it into something positive. I know what it means to work hard and I understand the benefits we receive from the work we put in. I enjoy encouraging others to work with me, and as I hold others accountable I appreciate when they also do the same for me.
There are several reasons why I am unique compared to others and would be of value to a team. While I am by birth an only child, my parents have been bringing in other children to our home for my entire life. I have two adopted younger siblings and there were several teenagers in and out of my home when I was young. This experience has taught me to be humble, strong, giving, caring, and very responsible. I dream of the day I can play college tennis and can assure any coach that brings me on their team, I will not need to be babysat.
In regards to athletics, competing and winning games is something I live for. Whether it is on the tennis court, playing ping pong, even monopoly, once the game starts I expect to win. I know to improve in my tennis game work must be done on and off the court. I have competed in local CrossFit games, ran in 5k's, and I workout in a gym several times per week.
My GPA is currently a 4.29. I am taking honors classes in high school. During the summer I take Spanish immersion classes and I am somewhat fluent in American Sign Language (my grandparents are deaf, so most of my family signs). In school I am in a club called Unified Sports. We help disable students participate and compete in various sports throughout the school year. I also volunteer for the Special Olympics and have helped with tennis and swimming events.
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