If you were to ask my friends what I love to do, my guess is that the majority of them would come up with this reply, "He loves to play sports". Sports are a big part of my life, and if I had to choose my favorite sport to play it would have to be basketball. I couldn't imagine going a week without being able to touch a basketball, and I thought I would never have to. But on one summer afternoon, that all changed when I broke my leg. It left me on crutches for two months, and not being able to play basketball all that summer.
I’m constantly doing practice drills with my coaches and my youth kids which I love. Every other day I’m also coaching high school and college basketball which that involves more interacting with my players. On the weekends I’m usually playing soccer with my team or going on hikes with my friends. I would say I do more cardio throughout the week than anything else. To be honest, I don’t enjoy lifting so all I do is cardio and keep a good diet.
Growing up through elementary school through high school, I was always involved in basketball. I did every league from the REC center, to the YMCA, and middle school and high school. Even through all these experiences, I never was an all-star at basketball, but that was okay because I enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. My freshman year in high school was when I found my true love-volleyball. By this time in my life, volleyball was new to me and my school system.
This was my goal throughout the entire season and at the second to last meet I jumped the qualifying height of 5 feet and 1 inch. This was, in my opinion, the greatest athletic accomplishment I made at Emmons. I say that because not only did I actually have to do it, but I had to work for it every day. The track team practiced every day in 7th grade and I high jumped at every practice. It was a great accomplishment because I had to persevere and work for almost a month to achieve my goal.
Throughout the rest of my elementary school years, I enjoyed many of the same activities I did in previous years. I continued to play soccer, participate in Girl Scouts and even joined the basketball team in second grade. The orthopedic specialist at the clinic was shocked by how well I regained function in my leg (this was unheard of and very rare) and how quickly I improved. By the time I reached middle school, I began to identify myself as a jock. I played for the school basketball team and spent almost every day practicing.
Having him as my teacher, I began to lose self-confidence and worried about not passing the rigorous class. A second mistake was my diverted attention; an extracurricular that I was involved in was not then seen as a distraction. The extracurricular that consumed most of my time was basketball. I made the basketball team in the summer before my Freshman year. Ever since middle school, I’ve always envisioned myself playing for all four years of my high school career and getting into the Varsity team.
My third year of lacrosse was the first time I had played a high school sport so I think that I developed my skills much more than ever before. After playing lacrosse for three years I thought that I was getting fairly decent however I had never scored a goal. All of my freshman year I took good aggressive shots and most of them were on goal. In practice I would put many of my shots behind the goalie but it seemed like the goalies in the games were brick walls. I can remember it like it was yesterday I picked up the ball verses Chantilly at the restraining line and carried it to the right corner of the box.
But what is it that makes us look up to them? What is it that makes them great? The truth is that sports are only a small part of what makes a person worthy of looking up to. Background information (if applicable): The participation in high school sports this year topped 7.8 million athletes nationwide, which includes 54% of all high school students taking part in athletics (Chen). Credibility statement (if applicable): Like many of you, I started playing soccer at the YMCA when I was four years old and I continue to play sports today so I have seen both the positive and negative aspects that athletics can have.
I gave a lot of thought to this during sophomore year, and I decided that I should at least try one sport. I joined the baseball team, but because of my lack of skills, I was cut from the team. However, I did not give up because my motto is "Once you give up, you give up everything including life." I always go by this simple principle and this is what keeps me going on even today. Then I tried outdoor track and found myself struggling and being the slowest person in school.
Most students go on with their lives and do not care if an assignment is finished, so there is no improvement upon the students’ grades. Therefore, no matter how much homework is assigned, we are still below the average mark. Plus, you will be surprised by certain individuals who do the work, while others may be lazy. So what is the point, if the majority of students do not put forth the effort? Homework is basically a hassle for students and it is something assigned to keep students busy; therefore, homework should not be given to high school students at SHS.