I’ll never forget the sound of the buzzer at the end of the game, or the sound of the crowd cheering me on. I’ll never forget at the end of the game my coach telling us “good job” or “it’s okay girls, we will get the next one.” I played basketball for many years. I went to countless basketball camps in the summer and during christmas break. All of the time and effort I put into being the number one showed through in my games. I played basketball for my school, on recreational teams, and for two different AAU (amature athletic union) teams. There were always kids who tried out for school basketball, who didn’t make the team, or who payed to play recreational basketball that weren’t the best at the game. There were always people who “couldn’t take the heat.”
That is where practice and dedication came into play. In the hours that I spent practicing with my team, practicing by myself, or practicing with a trainer I became the best that I could be. I loved the game and it was important to me. I never understood why other people didn’t put in the amount of effort I did. I never understood why they would want to play basketball and “embarrass” themselves when they couldn’t even dribble a ball but they would cry at the end of the game when they lost. I thought it was pointless to cry when you lost, why wouldn’t you want to realize what you did wrong so that you can go home and practice? Why wouldn’t you want to better yourself?
I played for a recreational league called SCYBL (Stokes County Youth Basketball League.) In that league anyone could play, all you had to do was pay. I always enjoyed playing for SCYBL because all my friends played too, since it was a county thing. Unlike school b...
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.... I also practiced at home by myself. I did everything that I could to move up the ladder to number one. Which paid off in being offered at spot on different teams. I had become number one, I had worked as hard as I could to achieve my goals. I can say that I made it to the top.
There are different levels of difficulty in many things in life. For example, college, you can earn an associate 's degree, a bachelor 's degree, a master’s degree, and doctorate. Like in basketball, if you don’t practice, if you don’t give it you all, you just aren’t going to do very well. There will be competition in everything that we do; sports, school, and jobs. If we can’t take the pressure, if we can’t dedicate ourselves and our time to becoming the best then we need to get out of the way of the others who can. Are you strong enough? Are you giving life your all? Can you take the heat?
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