However, he somehow talked me into running. I can still remember my first practice that summer, I was beyond nervous because I did not know anyone. The girls on the team were so welcoming as I ran my first three miles on Roaring Run Trail. After that day, I knew cross country was the sport for me, but I of course did not admit that to my dad right away. Now thousands of miles later, I have finished my fourth season of cross country and my fourth season of track is just beginning.
Jackie started really excelling at sports in high school, where he lettered in football, basketball, track, and baseball. While playing sports at John Muir High School most of Jackie 's teammates were white, this helped inspire Jackie to pursue a career in professional sports, wanting to show the world African Americans could play sports too. Robinson also played tennis. In 1936 Jackie won the junior boys singles championship in the annual Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament. After high school Jackie attended Pasadena Junior college, where he played basketball,
“Rodriguez, get off the field!”, these words stabbed through my heart like a dull knife through leather. Since the first practice I attended Softball has always been my life. I look back at my twelve years of experience there was one say that specifically stands out. Not even the the days where I hit my first home run or made my first diving play stand out. For many many years I was always seen as the player the team called on to pull the team out of a rut.
It is hard to imagine my current life without running. I have been doing cross-country and track every year since 5th grade. Every day I look forward to my run refreshing my body and clearing my mind. As of writing this essay, I have run 147 of the past 153 days in training for cross-country. I have trained with the same group of guys for a vast majority of these runs.
Ever since I was a toddler, I loved sports. Baseball, basketball, it did not matter; I just liked to run. When I was around 4 or 5, I was in the living room watching the Steelers play the Cardinals and saw Santonio Holmes grab a game winning touchdown to win the Superbowl. I was so excited that I jumped up in the air and I told my dad, “Daddy when I grow up I want to play football and I want to score a lot of touchdowns just like 10 does.” Fast forward to the Fall of 2014, and I am in my 3rd yr in football, and I was killing it. I was starting cornerback, andwe won a championship.
It made me feel sad that we couldn’t stay any longer but it was amazing to have experienced all the fun with my favorite friends and family all together. The ride back was noisy with all the funny things that had happened to us and all the things we were taking back home as memories of our week. It took us longer to get home because there was a lot of traffic, but we made it. Everyone was asleep and once in a while my dad would make my mom drive because he was tired. Having spent my week close to the beach was something phenomenal, mostly if it’s with special
That was a big mistake. I was not a huge fan of being trampled by big sweaty kids twice my size. Baseball was the perfect sport for me, and I played for the majority of my life so far. It started with just playing catch with my dad as a first grader, to playing baseball in high school. Tee-ball when I was about seven years old.
Moreover, I ran up and down every court after every loose ball just to never let it go. I could not believe that I had forgotten the pleasure that I had with this ball.” Without you, I can’t survive,“ I said calmly while I fall asleep with embraced the ball with both hands. Since then, I had determined my dream that no matter what, I will be in the NBA player and proved Mr. Jonathan that I can be better, more athletic, and eligible to be a part of the greatest basketball league. Next day, I pulled up at the Smith Park with my ball and the same NBA jersey. I met a 6’11 person.
To end, my personal experience with football has been rough and has been smooth too. I started playing football when I was five and when I was seven and started on my flag football team, I loved it. I started at running back along with Dane Anden and we tore up the league, we were the fastest on my team, and we were the MVP’s of the championship that year. The year after that I suffered my first concussion. I missed a month of school and missed all of my wrestling season.