I am really not a naturally athletic person. When I was younger, I was much more into indoor hobbies. I loved to write and read. I liked to draw. I took singing lessons and went to drama camp during summer when my friends went to sports camp.
But when we moved to Florida, my mom wanted me to meet people, so she encouraged me to sign up for volleyball. In 8th grade, everyone made the middle school team, but I immediately realized I loved it and had a little bit of natural talent.
|My JV team; I think I was a sophomore here. Can you spot me?|
|Varsity players had much cooler uniforms, as you see here. This was junior or senior year.|
I was never talented enough to play in college, so I settled for intramural and played with my sorority.
|Playing some intramural volleyball with my colleagues for our inter-school tournament for teachers.|
I've coached our team ever since.
I love watching the students play; they are so enthusiastic and have such a good time. They really learn to depend on each other, support each other, and gain confidence in their own place on the court and within the team. Running is a great sport, but I really believe team sports (especially those that include a bench) are one of the best ways to teach life lessons.
|Our girls (in red and blue) playing a fantastic game while I nervously pace on the sidelines.|
So far this year our record is 2-1 with one more regular season game and then playoffs. Some of my girls have been on the team since 6th grade, and for the last three years or so I've had returning players. It gives me a chance to have a different kind of mentoring relationship than with teaching, and this year especially - because I have no students of my own - I especially appreciate being about to coach them.
I love running, but volleyball was the first sport I ever played, and the first that showed me I could be athletic if I wanted to try. It will always be a special favorite of mine.
Do you play a sport besides running?
What was the first team you belonged to?
Do you consider yourself a natural athlete?