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Play for the little girl...

“Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her.” ~Mia Hamm
There were numerous times throughout my softball career where I wanted to give up pitching or quit the game all together. I specifically remember one of these moments following a 12U softball game where I walked 10 batters and lost the game for my team. As soon as we walked through the front door, I broke down crying and told my Dad I wanted to stop pitching and focus on volleyball. This was the first of many moments when my Dad pulled out this picture of me at 6 years old to remind me of the little girl who fell in love with this game and who never let the fear of failure get her down.
So I kept practicing, improving and challenging myself to be the best player I could be, reminding myself of the little girl who wanted nothing more than to catch fly balls for hours in the park and …

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