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Both of my daughters are involved in sports, but at different levels. My oldest is very competitive, plays softball year-round for a MN Club team (we live just over the river in WI), she attends several clinics and showcases each season, just made Varsity as a Freshman, and has big goals to play ball in college, and possibly even beyond that. She is a go-getter, very determined, and extremely passionate in all that she loves.
My youngest participates in recreational dance. She does hip-hop and jazz/lyrical. She mostly loves that her friends are there with her. Not a competitive bone in her body and could care less about winning and/or losing. She knows that many classmates are far more experienced, and that is just fine with her...and us! She is also determined and passionate with all that she loves.
Sports has mostly impacted my kids by keeping them active, teaching them about being a good teammate, taught them responsibility, and most importantly has taught them the great lesson about playing for the name on the front of their uniforms, and not on the back.
I LOVE that my girls are so different, yet have been impacted by sports in so many similar ways. No matter what sport, what skill level, win or lose... all that matters is that they give their all, have fun, and KNOW that they can do anything they set their minds to. Such a valuable lesson, that I hope we've instilled in them. They, too, have taught me valuable lessons along the way. Life is short... go out and do what you want... and OWN IT!
No truer statement than on this shirt that I was recently gifted. "Some people have to wait their entire lives to meet their favorite player(s)......I RAISED MINE!"