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Hello, my name is Anthony Zimmerman, and I started Varsity at MLB during my Sophomore year at Hershey High School. I lead my team in number of tackles. I also received MVP for Special Teams with 3 blocked punts, 4 blocked FGs and 3 blocked PATs. During my 8 years of football experience, I have become a very versatile player by helping my team by playing numerous positions as needed. In the off-seasons, I honed my athletic abilities in numerous sports, including baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, volleyball, TaeKwon-Do, and track and field. In 2015, my 4x100 Hershey Blaze Track Team qualified and traveled to Jacksonville, FL, to compete in the USATF National Junior Olympics.
I attribute my discipline to train hard and my perseverance to improve myself on and off the field to 4 years of TaeKwon-Do, at the end of which I achieved my 1st Degree Black Belt. The five tenants of TaeKwon-Do — courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self- control, and indomitable spirit — became a part of my life on and off the football field. These tenants helped shape me into the person I am today. My coaches and teachers consider me to be a positive influence because I lead by example through my work ethic and my determination to never give up. I demonstrate respect for my teachers, classmates, coaches, teammates, and referees, and I play hard between the whistles. I do not seek accolades or trophies because I believe recognition of achievement comes from within.
As a positive leader, I recognize that every player does not share my dedication and commitment to play hard. I respond with encouragement by demonstrating courage, pride, and an unyielding desire to win. Even though I have played many sports, football is the one sport I think about all year long, and I always look forward to football season starting again.
Academically, I was recently inducted into the 2018 National Honor Society, and I thrive on maintaining Distinguished Honors, currently a 3.9 GPA, each marking period and participating in multiple clubs and service projects. My ultimate goal is to obtain an excellent education while playing competitive college football. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Even though excelling in academics is my primary goal, I believe that Football, will help prepare me for life, including my career. Teamwork, commitment, and prioritizing, are all values I believe will help me be a productive member of my community.
In the classroom, my teachers count on me by showing respect to them, as well as my classmates. They know, I’m always there for other students who are struggling. Both on and off the field, my coaches and teachers have complimented me on leading by example, through a good work ethic, self control, and perseverance. All values/tentants I learned in Taekwando.
I participate in winter and spring track, and I train hard year round. I change my strength, speed, agility and explosive training throughout the year, depending on my in season competition.
Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics and Church, have all been part of my upbringing. Even though I always knew it was good to help others, as I mature, I feel very blessed for the talents given to me by God, and all that I have to be thankful for, especially my family and friends.
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