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TEAM PLAYER Riley Warnica (bottom row, on the left), a freshman at Second Baptist School, says she surrounds herself with teammates who make her a better player and person.
For me, there is nothing better than getting up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to drive 30 minutes to a softball game in the winter. There is just something about taking a breath of that frigid air and being surrounded by loving teammates that truly makes me feel alive. It is a wonderful feeling really, one that I believe everyone should experience.
Sports and the people that play them have always held a special place in my heart. And I have found that I have learned quite a lot from both of them, more than one might think.
During the early spring, late summer months, and the fall, I was on two different softball teams, which consisted of three amazing head coaches, a group of wonderfully talented girls, and me. The two most important things these people taught me, and that will stick with me, was how to play for them – not myself – and how to go past my limits. One of the coaches would use the word “dig.” I still repeat that one word over and over again in my mind whenever I’m in a tight spot, no matter what type of sport I am playing.
But perhaps the most important thing is the relationships and friendships I make through sports. When I surround myself with these people, I don’t feel the need to pretend to be someone I’m not. I am able to be happy with myself, and my own abilities.
I would recommend for everyone to try a sport at least once. It does not have to be softball. In fact, you should find something that works for you. Find something you enjoy doing because I promise that in the long run, it will greatly benefit you.
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