Once upon a time, in a small suburban town, there resided a young girl around the age of twelve. It happened to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon, when this young girl found herself stuck inside the house, as a result of procrastinating on her homework all weekend. Little did this young girl know that on this particular Sunday, her life would be forever changed.
Sitting on the couch, with her binder opened in front of her, this young girl flipped through the channels to find something that would provide her with background noise as she completed her homework. As her family only had access to the local network stations, she found herself stuck between watching either golf or baseball. The young girl took the lesser of the two evils and settled on a riveting game of baseball, featuring the always phenomenal Philadelphia Phillies.
While the young girl was able to complete her homework, she couldn’t help but find herself drawn into what had always been known as “America’s Pastime”. Pitch after pitch, hit after hit…she found herself wanting to know more about this game. Being the ever inquisitive child that she was, the young girl took it upon herself to learn as much as she could about this newfound interest of hers. Her reward came but a few weeks later, as she sat in her 7th grade math class when her teacher informed the class of their next unit: Statistics. The young girl was overjoyed when the class was told about their upcoming venture into the world of baseball, enabling her to meld her two worlds together!
Her interest did not end there, though. This only was the beginning of her journey into the world of athletics, as she continued to strengthen her knowledge of sports. This young girl grew up to be a young woman who makes it her goal to attend as many Phillies games as she possibly can, while also supporting all of her other Philadelphia teams. What’s more is that this young woman grew up to be both an educator and a coach. As best as she can, the young woman brings both of her worlds together, showing her students and her runners that there’s no such thing as striking out when you enjoy what you do!