For The Love Of The Game

For The Love Of The Game

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For The Love Of The Game

The definition of an Athlete is the following: “A person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina” – Merriam Webster Online. I think that being an athlete is so much more that just being trained in a skill set. Being an athlete requires sacrifice, mental and physical toughness, and above else, love for the game.

I asked several athletes to fill out a form on some questions about their sport

 

Gymnastics:

– What makes this sport worth playing/Benefits of playing this sport?

Tying to get better every day, and being with my team to support each other. The thrill of flipping through the air is very exciting.

– What are sacrifices you’ve had to make for your sport

Not hanging out with friends or not being able to be a part of things with friends. Getting up early for morning practices instead of sleeping in.

– What is your favorite memory from this sport

Going on adventures in multiple schools with friends, and cheering the loudest I can for my team mates. Getting my best score!

– What advice do you have for younger athletes pursuing this sport

Don’t give up on getting better. Work hard in practice, because it pays off.

 

Basketball:

What makes this sport worth playing/Benefits of playing this sport?

I love playing this sport because of the team aspect. It takes all five girsl working together and having fun to win a game. I also like it because of the passion it evokes in players. The idea that if you want it more, you can have it; whether it’s rebounds, steals, or points.

What are sacrifices you’ve had to make for your sport

I’ve had to give up a lot of my free time, but the thing I give up most is rest. Being an athlete really wears me down sometimes. Sometimes my body (especially my knees) are not always healthy

What is your favorite memory from this sport

Pasta dinners! They are, and will forever be some of my favorite memories. It allowed me to get to know my teammates and form life long friendships.

– What advice do you have for younger athletes pursuing this sport

Have fun playing whatever sport you love, and as long as you give your all, you should be proud of yourself at the end of the day.

 

Gymnastics:

What makes this sport worth playing/benefits of playing this sport?

I like the feeling of flying while flipping.

What sacrifices have you had to make for tour sport?

My body is injured now, lots of time and money.

What are your favorite memories from playing?

One time I sat on the bar during the meet, and another time I got a skill after eating a slushy.

What advice would you give younger athletes?

Word hard, and don’t take stretching as a joke.

 

Volleyball:

What makes this sport worth playing/benefits of playing this sport?

Great exercise, builds up your endurance. Its a team sport, so you get to work with people and learn team building.

What Sacrifices have you had to make for your sport?

When i played in high school I had to make work sacrifices because I had to practice pretty much every day and didn’t have time to work.

What are your favorite memories from playing?

Going to tournaments with the teams I played on and we got to stay in hotels.

What advice would you give younger athletes?

Stick with your sports because it helps you with time management and meeting people that have the same interests.

 

 

Soccer:

What makes this sport worth playing/benefits of playing this sport?

Keeps you in shape and you learn to play as a team

What Sacrifices have you had to make for your sport?

Have had to put off hanging out with friends and family for games and training.

What are your favorite memories from playing?

Going undefeated and winning state, going to Florida, going to Hawaii to play, playing at viterbo university.

What advice would you give younger athletes?

Work hard and you can go places with your sport

 

 

Hockey:

What makes this sport worth playing/benefits of playing this sport?

Being able to stay active and healthy. Building relationships with friends and coaches.

What sacrifices have you had to make for your sport?

My free time. Have had to pick hockey over other activities many times.

What are your favorite memories from playing?

My first goal.

What advice would you give younger athletes?

Your time and commitment is worth the long season. Stick with it, and always have your teammates back.

 

– Alli

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