As a senior, I have finished up my last volleyball season. I played volleyball for thirteen years and decided to continue my career from Illinois to little ole West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon, West Virginia. I am a sister of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and currently hold the position of Formal Recruitment Chair. I am a member of the LEAP program, National Society of Leadership and Success, the Student Life Committee at WVWC, SAAC, and plan to join the Wesleyan Marketing Association this semester. I am passionate about traveling and got to experience 3 weeks in Ireland this past summer, and plan to travel as much as I can in the upcoming years. I am a Marketing major working on my 5-year Master’s degree with a specialization in Non-Profit Organizations.I have held internships at Jimmy John’s Corporate Office as a Social Media Moderator, at Stonewall Jackson as a Catering and Sales/Weddings intern, and at the Greenbrier Resort this past summer as a Communications intern. After I am done with college I hope to go into event marketing, preferably sports. My dream job would be doing events or Public Relations for a professional sports team. My entire life I have been surrounded by basketball and sports, my dad was an assistant coach for 10 years at the University of Illinois and he coached in the 2004-2005 Division I National Championship game. Watching the passion my dad has when he coaches and the teams along the way have been what made me want to be involved in sports past my own play. Although my dream of coaching has passed, I want to be involved with events. This past summer I got the amazing opportunity to have a mini internship with the New Orleans Saints. I got to see the ins and outs of what a professional football team looks like. I must say it was fast-paced but something that only confirmed my want to be involved with sports.
My entire life has been surrounded by sports. Since before birth sports has been embedded in my blood. I went to my first basketball game to cheer on my dad coaching when I was a little more than a month old. It’s taken me places I never thought I would be, it’s provided opportunities for my family, and it’s taught me how to be the best version of me. Sports have been my passion, I went to my first basketball camp at 5 years old. I’ve played almost every sport in the books and am thankful every day for that experience. My family has been a huge part of this journey, they have been there through the ups and the downs of the sports world. My mom has always been my biggest fan and sacrificed many hours, weekends, and time taking me to and from practices and tournaments all across the country. She never missed a game. She has cheered me on even when things didn’t go my way. Without my dad’s constant push and support to make me the best player and person possible I wouldn’t be where I am today. Growing up with a father who is a college basketball coach wasn’t always easy, he missed many games and moments due to coaching, but he made up for it behind the scenes. He opened up many doors for me, helped me with my workouts, and would never let me give up even when I mentally and physically wanted to give up. He has always been my biggest fan, and I credit all of my success to him. Sports have made a huge impact on my life and I owe it all to my dad..
Although my career has come to an end, my fellow athletes can relate when I say there is no better feeling than playing a game you love. There is nothing to compare to that moment when you have finally reached the goal that you have put tons of sweat, blood, tears, pain and emotions forth for. It’s these moments in an athlete’s life that we strive for, and should constantly be chasing. Sports have taught me to have a thick skin, how to face criticism, how to be disciplined, how to be independent, and what it means to be a true team player; something that has carried over into my personal life as well. A team becomes your family, and these are the moments you hold dear to your heart even after the fame and curtains have closed. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror and thank my lifetime of sports for helping me become the person I am today. Never take your sport for granted because it will always be a part of you.