|Club||Courtney Dowell||Delaware Tribe||New Castle||DE|
|High School||Amy Musto|
|Bench Press (max)||Forty time||Mile time|
I feel like I could benefit a lot from the discipline in college sports as far as working out and staying in shape and eating right. I also have a very strong love for the sport of lacrosse and if I could play lacrosse in college it would honestly be my biggest dream come true. That's what I've wanted since I was 5 years old and playing soccer, but now Im 17 and that dream is to play lacrosse in college.
When all of our captains were on their senior field trip our team felt like they didn't know what to do. I stepped into the captain position and helped everyone out and made sure they knew what they were doing and how to do it. Then I had a few girls come up to me after practice and ask if I could show them a few things and help them out and I let my coach know we were staying after and I helped them for 3 hours. They told me at the end that they felt so much more comfortable with how they were playing now.
I pursue healthy athletic performance by eating right and exercising to keep myself conditioned and ready for the current season or next season. I make sure I keep my grades up just so I don't put the stress on my body of having to worry how my grades are going to look if I don't do some work. I make sure I get my work done so that when I'm on the field playing the stress won't slow me down.
Every year in Smyrna high school we have a therapeutic riding program that is run by our FFA chapter. I am an active FFA member and I take time out of school to go with a few other students and help the special needs kids with therapeutic riding. This is so important to me because I love when I get on the bus and all the kids remember our names and run and give us hugs and actually enjoy themselves while riding. And to know that the smile on their face is because I'm there helping them get to experience this, is something I love. I am also actively coaching a cheer team for our pop warner program. Our team ranges from ages 7-11 and I help them learn their stunts and how they should be doing what they are doing. I was a previous cheerleader for my high school and I just wanted to teach the younger ones some of what I have learned so when they get to where I am they can do the same.
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