Chills were sent down my spine as I approached the podium, my heart sat in my stomach, my thoughts going in a million different directions. “How, why, who”, it all went through my head as I slowly came to the realization that it was me, I had won, finally something that I worked so hard for finally happened to me. Hundreds of people watched as I received All Around MVP of the World Cup Tournament. The sense of awe that I felt could not ever be explained or relieved.
My senior year of high school was one of the best years for softball I have had thus far. Not only, for my high school but for the state, was I making records that were not previously there, breaking some that had already existed, as well as reaching the record books for Ohio in separate categories. In addition to what I had accomplished in my senior year of high school, I was a member of the USA Cup Team attending a tournament in the Netherlands and Paris.
To this day I can remember every little part of the entire trip from getting packed the night before, looking out over Paris from the Eiffel Tower, seeing the entire landscape, and playing in one of the nicest facilities I have ever seen. The flight over to the Netherlands took a total of 14 hours, however I would do it again in a heartbeat. Once landed, I can remember I felt like a little kid in a new city for the first time, I wanted to do everything, see everything, meet everyone and just would not have enough time to accomplish it all.
The day after we arrived in Amsterdam, the 8 day tournament began. The games themselves only lasted 100 minutes, although they felt as if they went on for centuries without end. Each day, each team would play in a total of three games being reseeded throughout the bracket...
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...ed a new love, a new want for the sport that developed me into the person I have become today. As I stood upon the podium I made myself a new promise, this would not be the last award like this that I would receive, I want more, I will accomplish more than I ever have before.
Next thing I knew I was holding a certificate and looking at a trophy looming over me, speechless. I had no clue what to do but stare in complete awe. Staring back at me was a plaque on the trophy that said “Niki Ferraro Overall MVP”. Right then I knew that this memory would not be a memory to come and go, but one that would last a lifetime, a memory that would push me to new levels. To this day whenever I feel myself slacking off I remind myself of what i have accomplished and continuously strive to be better than all those above me because I will be the ultimate MVP in life not only softball.
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