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The Basketball Essay

651 words - 3 pages

Austin Williams
College Essay
Last year I went through a gargantuan obstacle, the most difficult one of my life. My entire life is dedicated to the wonderful sport of basketball. My junior year I worked harder, and more ambitiously than I had ever worked previously. I worked extremely hard on my skills, and game to assure my spot as the starting point guard on my high school’s varsity team. When the season came around things were looking just as I imagined. I was the starting guard on the team, the leader, and the player who made things happen on the court. I proved my abilities, dedication, and why I should have stayed in the position, I was in as the starting PG on varsity. Unfortunately, in my head basketball coaches eyes I was not yet ready to be a leader on his team. He told me that I needed to develop some better leadership skills, and ...view middle of the document...

I never missed a practice, or any basketball events that my school held, even if they weren’t required. My head coach told me not to take it personal, just take the opportunity and make the best of it. I absolutely did take it personally, because I was not the only one who didn’t understand the decision, of my demotion. I did make the best of my opportunity though. It was almost impossible for me to contain my anger, very embarrassing and painful to explain to my peers, who were anticipating watching me play, how I went from starting guard on varsity to a JV player. I was so enraged, that I was mentally unprepared to prosper. With a good backbone of support from family and teammates, I gathered my thoughts, contained my feelings, and transformed my anger into positive aggressive energy. Fortunately, my JV coach knew exactly what I was capable of and put the team in my hands. I took my leadership skills and applied them to my JV team. I instantly became the leader of this team, there were a few teammates that were stubborn, but I did what I had to, to get them on the same page. With the freedom my coach gave me, I was able to play free and create amazing things. It made me realize, and prove to myself how good of a player I actually was, which inclined my confidence tremendously. I had the best games of my life, and my team ended the season with the District Championship. Unfortunately, the varsity had the worst season in its history, they only won 5 games. This year I came to the program with the same hunger, same passion, and better leadership skills. My senior year I became the starting point guard, leader, and captain of my varsity team. We ended the season with more than triple the amount of victories than we had the previous season. This obstacle made me realize that people who honestly work hard, and stay humble will prosper. God will not let your talent go to waste if you keep your faith, and continue to invest your all into what you want to accomplish.

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