Sunday, December 7, 2014

Post #4

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful time as the holidays are coming up. I just emailed the Sports Ability Supervisor and Coordinator to see if they are interested in helping out with my wheelchair basketball event. So right now I guess am just in a holding pattern until I get a response. Hopefully I will get some good news that will allow me to move forward with my project. In the meantime, there is not much else I can do beside research ideas to make this event a success. For those who are interested here is a video with Sue Boeve, the Sports Ability Supervisor, from the Rehabilitation Institution of Michigan webpage.



Friday, December 5, 2014

Hey everyone, here is a video showcase what the Detroit Diehards are about. Enjoy!



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Post #3


My team outside of the ESPN complex
 (where we played most of our games)
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Sorry it has been so long since my last post.

For everyone that has been keeping up with my blog, I enjoyed playing at the President's Lacrosse Cup in Orlando, Florida last weekend. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to play with other girls from Michigan that are amazing both on and off the field.

As for my 20 time project, I have been spending a little bit of time every day learning a little bit more about the rules of wheelchair basketball. I learned that there is a point system for who can be on the court for each team. Each player is ranked and given a number of points based on how capable they are of controlling their body. For example, a person with a muscle disease that limits how well they can move their arms, they would be given a different number of points than a person with two fully functional arms. This rule makes sense and it allows everyone with a disability to play with close to the same chance of winning. This also allows the players to focus more on their basketball skills instead of just their disabilities.


I am currently working on writing a letter to the Detroit Diehards. I will let you know how it goes next week!

Why I love being an athlete

   I have to admit that occasionally being a student and an athlete catches up to you and... snap! Your whole schedule is packed to the brim. Even though I like to claim that I have become a master at managing my time, I too, sometimes wish that there were more hours in a day and more days in the week.
   However, I guess that would make life too easy. If our lives were stress-free, then what would be the point of living? We live to accept the challenges.

    Maybe that's why I love being an athlete. I get to partake in a mini simulation of life that is available through playing a sport.

   Each career as an athlete, or the many seasons from a young age until one becomes too old and decide to hang up the hat, represents the span of life that one has to make an impact on the sport, or the world. There are many ups and downs in any career, but every single one is trying to find the exact same thing, success.

   Each season would be what we would call a new "chapter" in life. While still remembering and taking lessons that one has learned in previous seasons, they get the chance to start off on a clean slate. This allows a person to grow beyond what was previously thought to be unattainable.

   Each game is similar to when life puts a person to the test. One can win or loose and it is the motivation and desire to win each and every single battle, which keeps us as humans pushing to be better. It is a test of not only how physically prepared a person is, but also mentally, and if they have the knowledge that it takes to overcome the obstacle, or opponent.

   Each party or team gathering after a big win represents the points in life where people feel like they are “On top of the world.” It is at these times that a person can forget about how many sprints or weight lifts, they will have to do tomorrow. They can forget about how they messed up in that one game several weeks ago. Instead, that person can enjoy the moment and rejoice over climbing a little hill on the mountain of life.

   Each hard practice represents the chance that a person has to prepare for their next obstacle. Whether it be the day after a tough loss or an amazing win, these practices allow the athlete to regain their attention to what lies ahead. Sometimes it is painful, sometimes a person thinks that they could never pass the next test of their strength, and sometimes a person questions why they should move forward. At the end of all of these practices, however, the doubt is washed away as the person realized how much stronger they have gotten.

   Each teammate represents a part of a squad that will always be there for an athlete. This is the person’s support system. The teammates are with that person during a big win, but they also are there when after a terrible defeat. The person can rely on these teammates to pick them back up when they are down or give a compliment after a great play.

   I could go on forever, but I guess you could say that having the chance to learn from and participate in a simulation of life is very important to me. If you were wondering, that is why I feel so passionate about being an athlete.

Post #2

   This week, I had to put my project on hold in order to have time to send out my college coach letters. I am going to a tournament next weekend in Florida, where I will compete against some of the most talented lacrosse players in my grade. I can feel the nervousness building up inside of me because almost all of the division one and two college lacrosse coaches from across the nation will be there. Instead of using all of this stress bring me down, I am going to try to use it as motivation. I am going to try to just play my game as best as I can, and then hope for the best. That is all I can do. I know I am going to give it my everything and leave it all on the table, but the rest lies on the scouts and coaches. These very important people in the crowd determine if they want to recruit me to their school. Then in turn, the experiences that I gain from the college that wants me and that I choose to attend could impact me for the rest of my life. It's no big deal. It could only make an impression on the rest of my existence on the planet that we like to call Earth. Don't worry though, I've got this under control. It's no big deal.
   I did do some research on the wheelchair basketball teams that are based around the Detroit area. I found a team called the Detroit Diehards. They are sponsored by the DMC Rehabilitation Institution of Michigan. I am going to try to contact that team in the next couple of days. Hopefully, I will get a response soon!
  Like I said earlier, my goals for next week are to contact the Detroit Diehards team and see if they would like to be part of the event. I will also try to spend at least fifteen minutes a day on planning my event. This might be a challenge to find time in-between schoolwork, packing for my tournament, working out, and practicing ice hockey and lacrosse, but that doesn't stop me from trying!

In addition to my first blog post...

I decided to post another blog today so that I can share more details about my 20 time project.
My goal is to host a wheel chair basketball game at my high school. I am very grateful to have an amazing sponsor to help me along the way with this event. Although I have never played basketball competitively I know the basic rules, and my sponsor, Bruce Pelto, is a basketball coach at Grosse Pointe South and is willing to help me out with the in depth rules. Not only does Mr. Pelto know about basketball, but being a coach, he also knows about what it takes to be a great athlete that never gives up.
I am not sure if I am going to have this game be a cross town rivalry event that has Grosse Pointe South play Grosse Pointe North where both teams consist of some real wheelchair basketball players and some high school basketball players (in wheelchairs). Another option is to have a wheelchair basketball team play our high school basketball team (in wheelchairs).
Although I am choosing to host a basketball game, the point of the event is to focus on all disabled athletes. Now that I am thinking about it, I might be able to turn this one game event into a series of events. The next event might be to host a sled hockey game. If I was able to accomplish hosting more than one game, it would allow me to focus more on athletes in general instead of just athletes from one sport.
With more than one event, I could raise more money to give to a charity that I have not decided on yet. Currently, I am looking into giving money to a section of a local hospital that deals with people with limb impairments.

My First Blog Post

   I am full of excitement as I begin my 20 time project. Not knowing what I will take out of this  project is tough for a person like me, who likes to know what coming in my direction, but I am assuming that there will be many ups and downs. Surprisingly I am really not that nervous. Maybe it is the competitive side of me that is willing to go all out and take up this huge challenge.
   As I was deciding what I wanted to perform for my 20 time project, I looked at what inspired me. I have always loved sports, and being an athlete myself, I have always had a passion for competitions. I focused in on what it takes to be a great athlete. Sure it is important that these competitors are physically trained, fit, and talented, but the best athletes not only focus on their body, but also their mind. These elite class of competitors are able to put their mind over matter and do not let any obstacle in their way stop them. Then, I came to realize that some of the best athletes in the world might not even have two functioning legs, but what they do have is a powerful mind and a never-say-die attitude. Whether it be sleds, blades, or wheelchairs, these athletes are able to achieve amazing things, despite the difficulties they have faced. The sad part is, that most of the time, these phenomenal athletes do not receive the respect and recognition that they truly deserve.
   So for my 20 time project I have decided that I am going to host a wheelchair basketball game to raise awareness for this under acknowledged group of people. I am not sure who will be playing who, but I do know that this event will take place in order to start a movement to change society's ideas about those who are not fortunate enough to have a full functioning body.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Why I love being an athlete


   I have to admit that occasionally being a student and an athlete catches up to you and... snap! Your whole schedule is packed to the brim. Even though I like to claim that I have become a master at managing my time, I too, sometimes wish that there were more hours in a day and more days in the week.
   However, I guess that would make life too easy. If our lives were stress-free, then what would be the point of living? We live to accept the challenges.

    Maybe that's why I love being an athlete. I get to partake in a mini simulation of life that is available through playing a sport.

   Each career as an athlete, or the many seasons from a young age until one becomes too old and decide to hang up the hat, represents the span of life that one has to make an impact on the sport, or the world. There are many ups and downs in any career, but every single one is trying to find the exact same thing, success.

   Each season would be what we would call a new "chapter" in life. While still remembering and taking lessons that one has learned in previous seasons, they get the chance to start off on a clean slate. This allows a person to grow beyond what was previously thought to be unattainable.

   Each game is similar to when life puts a person to the test. One can win or loose and it is the motivation and desire to win each and every single battle, which keeps us as humans pushing to be better. It is a test of not only how physically prepared a person is, but also mentally, and if they have the knowledge that it takes to overcome the obstacle, or opponent.

   Each party or team gathering after a big win represents the points in life where people feel like they are “On top of the world.” It is at these times that a person can forget about how many sprints or weight lifts, they will have to do tomorrow. They can forget about how they messed up in that one game several weeks ago. Instead, that person can enjoy the moment and rejoice over climbing a little hill on the mountain of life.

   Each hard practice represents the chance that a person has to prepare for their next obstacle. Whether it be the day after a tough loss or an amazing win, these practices allow the athlete to regain their attention to what lies ahead. Sometimes it is painful, sometimes a person thinks that they could never pass the next test of their strength, and sometimes a person questions why they should move forward. At the end of all of these practices, however, the doubt is washed away as the person realized how much stronger they have gotten.

   Each teammate represents a part of a squad that will always be there for an athlete. This is the person’s support system. The teammates are with that person during a big win, but they also are there when after a terrible defeat. The person can rely on these teammates to pick them back up when they are down or give a compliment after a great play.

   I could go on forever, but I guess you could say that having the chance to learn from and participate in a simulation of life is very important to me. If you were wondering, that is why I feel so passionate about being an athlete.