Participating in sports has influenced my life in many positive ways. First and foremost, it has taught me how to deal with both failure and success on and off the field which will be valuable in my future beyond the white lines. It has taught me how to deal with adversity, gain confidence and strength when I battled back from an injury which sidelined me through a very difficult freshman year of college. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by my loving family, many great coaches, and teammates who I am forever grateful for because they never gave up on me and pushed me to be where I am today. All the success I have gained, I attribute to them and will be forever thankful. Today the game is paying me back in ways I couldn’t even imagine. Now it is my turn to pay it forward and in the hopes of inspiring young women as I was once inspired by being a positive role model and strong advocate for my sport.