The love of the game. That’s why I play. There’s nothing like the final seconds winding down on the clock, buzzer sounding, and knowing that all the blood, sweat, and tears were worth it. Nothing exemplifies hard work, drive, desire, and heart more than athletes working to achieve a common goal. Sports builds character, develops confidence, and shows us that our dreams are courageous, not crazy. All of these things translate into life. That’s why I write this blog.
I guess I was born to play sports. It’s in my family. In my blood. My grandpa did it all–baseball, basketball, and then went on to run a national tennis camp once his own career was over with my grandma. My mom played tennis on the pro tour and taught me what hard work and determination is all about. My dad has always loved sports and taught me the ins and outs of the game I love. As I grew up, I chose the team sports. I loved the feeling of playing with others to achieve something that none of us could do individually. The best moments of my life revolve around sports. Doing cheesy synchronized dances on the field after softball wins, traveling to all parts of the country for AAU basketball tournaments, making school history by going 20-0 in basketball during high school, going to the NCAA Final Four my freshman year of college, realizing my dream of playing college basketball, and having teammates transform into best friends.
I have also grown up to appreciate sports because of the high caliber of sports I have witnessed. I don’t remember it, but Michael Jordan won his first title the year I was born. I would give anything to go back in time and watch #23 play. USWNT forward Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt in a memorable 1999 world cup final. Players like Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire intrigued me to watch baseball. Michael Phelps revolutionized swimming by becoming the greatest Olympian of all time. I watched LeBron James make his “Decision” which will forever go down as one of the most regrettable TV airings of all time. And the list goes on…but basically to sum it up, sports are my life. And fortunately, I am 100% okay with that.
As a business management major at Hope College with one more year playing basketball, and graduating in May of 2013, I am actively pursuing a career in sports. I just can’t imagine my life without sports being at the heart of it. I will actively discuss what’s going on in the sports world, what’s motivating, encouraging, and inspiring me, and a look into my own journey through my last season as a collegiate basketball player.