Dear Future Coach,
My name is Kennedy Washington. I am going into my sophomore year of high school at Red Oak High School in Red Oak, TX. I play Middle Blocker and sometimes Outside Hitter. I am what you would call a "late bloomer" when it comes to volleyball. I didn't pick up my first volleyball until I was in 7th grade. I have always been the "tall girl" and was always told that I should play volleyball, but I didn't think it was for me. I don't have some grand story about what inspired me to play volleyball, I honestly just stumbled upon my talent. I was clueless during my first game and I honestly just wanted to get off the court and sit on the bench. I kept accidentally stepping off the court and the refs and my coach kept telling me to get back on the court. So it definitely wasn't "love at first serve" for me, but as I kept playing and practicing I realized that this was more than a sport to me. I grew to love the game. Even though I played in 7th and 8th grade, I didn't take it seriously or think I could play in college until my Freshman year of high school. What amazes me is that in less than a year I have managed to learn the game and garner attention from top-tier coaches. I realized that volleyball wasn't just a sport, it was an outlet for me to express myself while also enjoying playing the game that I'd come to love. It still shocks me when coaches tell me how much potential I have, but it's how I came to realize that I could play in college and hopefully professionally.
My personal goals are to play in college and for the USA National Team and one day become an Olympian and represent the country that I love. What keeps me going is my personal mantra that no matter what team I'm playing for I just have to remember to remain humble and have fun. I know that I can be a good fit for any college because I am a great teammate and I get along with my teammates easily. I am the teammate that can cheer you up when needed and make you laugh when feeling down. I always put 150% into perfecting my craft so that I can get noticed, so knowing that my hard work is paying off makes me feel amazing. I strive everyday to make not only myself proud, but my family because they are the ones right there beside me every step of the way.
I work hard everyday to keep my grades and GPA up because school always comes first. There's no sports if I don't excel in school and that's something my parents have worked hard to instill in both me and my brother. Moving from the Freshman team to JV and finally Varsity team in one season assured me that I was on the right path and that volleyball was it for me. I aspire everyday to be the best volleyball player I can be, but above all else I will continue to strive to be a wonderful role model, student, friend, and potential candidate for your team.