Some people are greatly affected by things that happen to their generation, because there are no personal events that help define them. Others are defined by the events that have taken place in their personal lives. I’m defined as a person through the events that I had experienced.
The game of basketball was first introduced to me at the age of 10 years old. As I step foot into a gym full of older girls, it made me nervous for tryouts. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. All these girls seemed to know what they were doing, but as for me, I did not know how to play the game of basketball nor have I ever played other than gym class. Compared to the other girls, I was pretty terrible at the game of basketball. Although I wasn’t very skilled, I came to every practice on time and willing to do anything to improve my skills. For the past 5 years, my coaches have dedicated their time in helping me improve my game. I went from being the 11th man to starter by the age of 12. I have dedicated my summers to improve my skills on what I love best. To this day, I am still dedicating my time playing basketball because this sport defines me as a person.
As a person, I have learned many things. My coach believes that school should come first before basketball, but I think that school and basketball are equal. Having basketball encourages me to go to school everyday because it makes me have something to look forward to during the week. If my parents have not enrolled me into basketball at a young age, I don’t think I would be the person I am today.
I have grown to respect my elders, know how to dedicate myself to things I love, and having a positive attitude towards everything I do.
At the age of 14, I had experienced some difficulties with the game I love. Before the summer of 2009, I dislocated my shoulder in a basketball game. I was told that if it happens again, I would most likely need surgery. So during the whole summer, I worked on strengthening my...