Most athletes don’t just play one sport in their lives. If you’re an athlete, you’ve most likely played more than one sport. From middle school to college, interests change constantly, and this includes sports.
The sport you started out with would have gotten you interested in the world of games, teams and competition. You would have found the thrill of pairing off with another team and playing your hardest.
When I first started playing sports in middle school, I in a smelly orange jersey chasing soccer balls and downing Capri Suns on a scuffed-up field. Soon after, I started playing volleyball and stuck with it, not going back to soccer.
In the summer, when the volleyball season wasn’t in motion, I played softball and lost every single game. But I had fun and gave my teammates nicknames that they all hated.
I stopped playing softball over the summers and started flag football instead, but it proved to be too much running for me.
I kept playing volleyball with my team, and when volleyball season wasn’t around, I played basketball with the same girls. I loved basketball as well, but it didn’t compare to playing volleyball for me.
When I came to Franciscan University of Steubenville in fall 2017, I joined the women’s volleyball team on campus. I loved playing the sport again, but college sports are vastly different from high school sports and I left after two weeks.
I was sad to not be playing sports for the first time in a while, but then I found the women’s lacrosse team.
I had never played lacrosse in my life, but I knew some of the girls on the team and I missed sports, so I gave it a shot.
After learning how to catch a lacrosse ball, I fell in love with the sport, and have been playing it since.
Every true athlete has a story like this, where they go through many different sports throughout the years. But there’s always one sport that athletes love over all the others, even if they enjoy playing all of them.
There’s a different and unique thrill to every sport, and when an athlete finds their own thrill, they can’t step away.
For me, it was volleyball. The thrill of jumping up and spiking a ball down captured my interest early on, and diving to pass a ball up was exhilarating. Also, the lack of running in the sport was something I didn’t complain about.
Different personalities are attracted to different sports, but you can’t tell someone what sport he or she likes based on personality. Some people are competitive, and some people are more laid back; personalities affect how we respond to different situations. Yet it’s not your personality that tells you what sport to like, but the thrill that your favorite sport gives you that makes you fall in love with it.
Every sport is good, but for every athlete, one is always better.