|Club||Sean Douglas||Pacific Juniors 18-Elite||LaVerne||Ca|
|High School||Diane Chiappone|
|Primary Position||Right Side|
|Secondary Positions||MB, OH|
Cell phone (909)532-2812
Athletics has been a huge part of my life and I don't think my college experience would be complete without sports being a part of it. Physical activity and competition balance me and enable me to be successful in everything I do.
Peers and Adults see me as strong and determined on the court and off. I try to lead by example. In my 2016 club season, I was recovering from an injury (OCD Lesion). I attended all practices and workouts even while on crutches and in a leg brace. I ended up sitting out or partially sitting out 2 club seasons and 1 high school season with this injury for treatment, surgery and rehab. I put in 100% effort, even when my body doesn't allow for 100% participation. I've overcome many obstacles and setbacks but I will never say "I can't" and for that reason I think my teammates and friends see me as a leader and follow my example. For my senior high school season I was named Captain of my team. We went undefeated in league and through the the semi-finals of our sectional championships. For the first time in our school's history, we received a bid to the State championship tournament.
At age 13, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, so "healthy athletic performance" is truly a life and death situation for me. I was an athlete prior to diagnosis and I will not allow this disease to take that from me. I have to carefully monitor my nutrition on and off the court. I also have to constantly monitor my blood sugar levels on and off the court. I can never ignore my body. I have to be in a constant state of vigilance in order to stay on the court. Having experienced an injury that kept me off of the court for 3 seasons, I have also learned that "healthy athletic performance" means diligent rehab, strength training and again, listening to my body. My injury was caused by continuing to "push through" pain, therefore, not allowing my body adequate time to heal. As I slowly returned to the court, I had to remind myself to listen to my body. Patience and diligence are key in both managing my diabetes and returning from an injury.
Outside of school, I am involved with my Church, Faith Lutheran Church San Dimas. I assist with teaching Sunday School and child care each week as well as our Vacation Bible School program each summer. I am also involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk and the JDRF Walk for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. I have a special place in my heart for special needs athletes and I am currently pursuing opportunities to volunteer with the Special Olympics organization. One of the greatest experiences for me was getting to attend the World Games held here in Los Angeles in 2015.
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