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THE BEGINNING

Growing up, I always played sports, and most of the kids at school classified me as “the tom boy.” I was looking for that sport that I was good at; that sport that came naturally to me, and I finally found it in fifth grade. I played on the basketball team that year and fell in love with the game. Every year, I worked harder and harder to get better, and I managed to compile four, undefeated seasons by the end of my middle school career. As high school approached, I played on the summer league team, and freshman year, I made the junior varsity team and was later moved up to varsity. I really believed that nothing could stop me, until I was faced with problems of my own. Someone in my family was the source of these problems, and I figured I would try to hurt him as a response to the way he was hurting me. Little did I know, this choice of mine would change the way I played basketball forever, and no one – not even my coaches – had any idea.

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"First of all, what happens is, when you're good at something, you spend a lot of time with it. People identify you with that sport, so it becomes part of your identity." - Mike Krzyzewski