“And In Return, Sports Have Given Me A Life. A Beautiful Life."
I wanted to share a video about softball star Jennie Finch, as it truly hit home with me.
I felt it could have been me talking.
She reminds me so much of myself (minus the Olympic Gold Medals) in so many ways, when she describes her life growing up with a life filled with sports.
A lot of what she says reminds me so much of my entire family.
For my parents, sisters and I, softball tournaments were OUR summer vacations.
Me with my sisters from the left: Adie, Haley, me and Maggie.
My sisters and I knew that we had to work hard to be the BEST we could at softball if we wanted to go to college.
Our parents were unable to pay for four girls to go to college.
We knew this and worked hard everyday from age 8 until 21 playing the game we loved.
My dad played professional baseball and we wanted to follow in his footsteps and be great at whatever we chose to do.
Me and my sisters all went to college for free.
And my twin sisters even played professionally for the Chicago Bandits with the girl in this video, Jennie Finch.
Look who they got to hang out with because they were celebrity softball players. Can you say DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES?
Our youngest sister Maggie played for the University of Michigan and on the USA Junior Olympic Team.
This is my favorite picture ever.
Taken as Maggie is just about to cross home plate after a homerun.
I hope that you will watch the video below and see what kind of life sports can give people and what it gave to our family.
*Please hit PAUSE on the music so you can hear the video.
Also, it's much better full screen if you want to enlarge it and watch. ENJOY!