February 1, 2017
DeAnna Nelson, Sports Camp Coordinator
Today marks the 31st anniversary of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a national observance honoring the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports. This is a day to celebrate girls embracing physical activity and pushing past their limits, giving them the courage and confidence to grow into strong leaders.
As a Health & PE teacher, sports have always played an important role in my life. They taught me so much about trust, respect, discipline, and friendship. Growing up I met many people from different schools, towns, and states. Some of those people have become life-long friends. Senior year, my high school soccer team was the first women’s team to ever win the conference title. That year especially, I learned a lot about what it meant to be a team player. I found that being able to trust my peers made a world of difference during the game. On the field it never mattered whether my teammates and I were best friends or not. We respected each other as teammates and knew that together we would achieve more.
The most important thing sports has taught me was discipline. It taught me that I am accountable for my own actions, and if I wanted to see a difference in myself I needed to work hard. If it wasn’t for sports, I personally believe that I would not be who I am today. Every girl out there needs something that drives them, I am thankful I found sports as my driving force.
As the Coordinator of The Connection’s Sports Fun-damentals summer camps, I look forward to sharing my knowledge of and passion about sports with your children!