My Favourite Sport is Basketball
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The luminescent glow of the glossy wood floor resting under my feet, bearing upon it the dreams of many who stood over it. The long days spent on it that turned into long nights. The grind and passion it brings that connect the people who choose to walk on it together. The sweat, blood, and tears that fall on it, creating history with each drop. Ball in my hands, one minute and 47 seconds left on the clock, game tied at 25, the crowd dead silent. My legs were dead and stiff, the only thing keeping me from falling was the adrenaline rushing through my veins. I had to ignore that feeling and keep telling myself, ¨You’re the leader of this team, don’t let them down, they trusted you with the ball for a reason.¨ I directed my teammates to the right positions on the court and called for play 333, a play I drew up in the timeout right before the possession. The play initiated, the small forward came up and set a screen on my defender and I drove to my right. I saw a nick of open space and shot the ball. It was just a blur, I didn’t know that the ball went in until I heard the crowd roar.
To me, basketball isn’t just dribbling a ball up and down the court and shooting it into a basket. It is a game of life lessons. Basketball embodies what I strive to be: a great and fair leader who loves and wants the best for his people more than for himself. As a point guard, I must make decisions under pressure in order to ultimately win the game. As a point guard, I have an immense responsibility with the basketball and the decisions I make with it. If I decide to be selfish with the ball, that could cost my team a win. If I get everybody involved and step up as a leader, the chances of the team winning the game as a whole skyrocket. As a point guard, I must take control and lead my team and make sure everybody is in the right position to be successful. As a point guard, I must treat my teammates as my brothers and establish a connection deeper than just being teammates. As a point guard, I have to make an image for myself in a way that my teammates will trust me with the ball by showing self-discipline and maturity. As a point guard, I am the leader of the team.
The position of point guard symbolizes selflessness and leadership. As the story of my life continues, I want those attributes to be in every part of it. Being a point guard has formed the base for me to be a leader and live an altruistic life. I want to make my own legacy and enjoy a lifetime of leadership, giving, and sharing. I want the younger generations to look up to me as a role model and want to embody my characteristics. I want to have a positive influence on everybody I interact with and make people feel like they can trust me and rely on me.
Basketball has not only made me an accomplished athlete, it has made me the person I am today. Through being a point guard, I feel like I have acquired the values and the burning desire to benefit others more than myself, and these values are forming a foundation for a great life. Yet I also feel that that foundation is not enough and there is yet a sea of knowledge that I am a stranger to. I do not yet have the sophistication, knowledge, and wisdom necessary to succeed in the adult world. I know that going to college will guide me toward a life of greatness that will make me the point guard of my society.
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