|Club||John Abdou||Santa Barbara Water Polo Club||-||-|
|High School||John Walker|
*Coach's Award - 2009 (Freshman Year)
I am a four-year varsity starting goal keeper for my high school. I play in the local masters' games every Sunday held by the local club organization - One Way Water Polo. I have also traveled with our master's team and played in three tournaments with them. I have so far attended five water polo/goalie camps; two at Stanford University, one at UC Santa Barbara, one at Pepperdine, and one hosted by Steve Hamann at a local high school.
Being a water polo goalkeeper, you are the quarterback of the team. You alone can decide the outcome of a game on your decisions and actions and everyone is looking to you to be the solid wall behind them. The same goes for being team captain.
When I was a freshman, I was pulled up to the varsity team where I had to contend with nearly 12 seniors and earn their respect. I worked hard and achieved it although it wasn't easy. I have been a leader for my water polo team since day one.
Out of the pool, I am just as much of a captain and mentor as I am in it. Whether it be leading my class of 2013 in academics or being a representative of my city when I attend California Boy's Sate in the summer of 2012, I can be the one everyone can look up to. Through tutoring and just being a good friend, others have learned that they can come to me for help whenever they need it and I try to always be more than willing to give it out when possible.
No matter what the situation is, I always try to the best of my ability to respect my mind and my body and keep it safe. I am always careful to not put myself in a situation where I could potentially harm myself. I eat well-balanced meals and try to stay away from the junk food (even though I do give in sometimes). I never use drugs or drink alcohol and don't even hang around people that do. I try to always get a good night's sleep every night, even though it can be hard with intensive homework loads. I am constantly practicing to keep my body in shape and ready for any athletic challenge.
To give back to my community, I have volunteered my time in two different ways so far. I have spent 40 hours as a cabin leader for the local science camp that teaches 6th graders about nature and the environment. As someone who loves science and being outdoors, being a cabin leader that assists in the teaching process is a special opportunity for me. I not only get to be out in the wild, but also inspire others through my love of nature. I have also volunteered more than 4 hours picking fruit for my local food bank. As an athlete, I love food and I feel it is important for everyone to have access to such sustenance. That is why I work to try and provide the less fortunate with the opportunity to acquire the food and nutrition all humans require.
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