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Received MVP of my crew team during my sophomore year of high school 2018-2019
I want to be recruited to play sports in college because I believe that I have the ability and skill to positively contribute to a collegiate level team. Playing at the college level is challenging but I feel that I have a strong work ethic and the dedication needed to be successful. Also, I would welcome and appreciate the comradery as a member of the team.
A time when I demonstrated leadership off the field was in my gym class. One day, I was playing team football when I noticed one of my classmates on the opposing team was getting frustrated because he wasn't able to catch the ball. After a few plays, the problem continued. So, I stopped the game for a few minutes, disregarded all the banter that was being thrown at me, and began to teach my classmate how to be successful at catching the football. I signaled for the game to begin again and motioned for this classmate to be given another chance. Sure enough, he was thrown the ball and caught it to make the play a success. He thanked me at the end off class but I was just happy that he learned something new.
A time when I demonstrates leadership on the field was when I was rowing at New York State Championships in Saratoga Springs last spring. During this event, I was rowing in the lightweight 4+ category and we were getting close to our race in the finals. Everyone including myself was nervous for this race because we had made it this far and obviously didn't want to do poorly. As my teammates and I were rowing to the start line, I noticed that a boat near us had a loose side-stay which would negatively affect their performance. I then hailed to them, that it was loose and that they needed to notify the race committee to have it tightened in order to have a clean, fair race down the river. I felt like this was an act of leadership because having good sportsmanship was more important than racing an opponent with a flaw in their boat.
I exercise daily in order to maintain a strong physical physique. I prefer to make healthy, balanced food choices, hydrate and ensure that I get ample sleep and rest.
For over four years, I have been a volunteer "Buddy" for Challenger Athletics, which is a local organization that allows developmentally disabled children participate in sports including lacrosse, tennis, basketball, flag football and surfing on a year round basis. I also am a member of Best Buddies, which is a club in my high school that also helps special needs children participate in sports weekly after school. I find this volunteerism to be most rewarding as it is the best feeling watching these kids smile and laugh and feel good about themselves, knowing that I am helping them get a chance to learn how to play organized sports to the best of their ability. In addition, I am a drummer and a member of our high school wind ensemble, jazz band and orchestra. We volunteer at various times throughout the school year to perform for local assisted living facilities and nursing homes. It truly warms my heart to watch these elderly people enjoy our performances, sing along and engage with us. They actually remember us and look forward to our show for them.
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