As you go through your every day tasks today, try to think about the person you would have turned out to be if it were not for the sports that you played as a kid. I’m sure for every athlete who is reading this it is almost impossible to imagine without cringing. There were so many aspects of sport that have molded us into the people we have become. We have learned about living a healthy, active lifestyle, we have met great friends and not so great enemies, and mentors and coaches who have help build our character.
Today is National Girls and Women’s in Sports Day. As I always mention, I love days that are dedicated to something positive such as this because I feel like it is taking a highlighter and going crazy over a part of our lives that we sometimes forget and take for granted. These days, like today, are put in place so we can remember and be thankful.
I get overwhelmed with happiness when I think about all the things that sport does for young girls and women. I have learned how to make friends, get in fights, dislike people… then get over it, work hard mentally and physically, win, lose, be dedicated, make mistakes, and most of all learn. Although, while I was playing on the pink panther soccer team, which I thought was the coolest team ever because we got to wear hot pink knee socks, I did not recognize that any of this was happening. I can now see the lessons that my coach (aka. dad) was teaching me as he took me out of the game and put in another girl in my place.