As many high schoolers do, I vowed to myself at the start of my freshman year I’d be involved in at least one sport. This drive failed to take place until my last year of high school. No, I didn’t dominate on the volleyball court or speed down my lane in track. Instead, my athletic involvement was gained from sitting on the bench, both literally and figuratively.
If you know me, I am not athletic. I am quite the “chicken” when it comes to any sort of physical activity. My failed attempts in junior high left me wary of how physically demanding high school sports would be. Even though I desperately wanted to be part of a team, my inability to commit prevented this from happening.
However, when asked by a teacher and coach to be a manager, I quickly jumped at the chance to be on a sports team.
This year, I have managed cross country and basketball and have equally enjoyed both. Handling equipment and water bottles isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely for me. Though it may seem like a tedious job, I think otherwise. I love serving people. Being a manager has been one of the best ways for me to serve and be involved in athletics simultaneously.
By being a manager, I’ve created and strengthened numerous bonds with players and coaches. I’ve also bettered my knowledge of both sports.
I believe I have been extremely blessed to be part of such a wonderful athletic program.
I would like to say thanks to all coaches and players of the 2016-2017 cross country and basketball teams. Thank you for welcoming me into your families. Thank you for Sonic trips and pizza parties. Thank you for the friendships and memories we’ve created, both happy and sad. Thank you for letting me serve you.
Remember, I will always be here to cheer you on and hand you your water bottles.