Sports have been part of my life ever since I can remember. When I was young I loved playing games outside with neighbors. Though these activities were not organized sports, they taught me about how to interact in social settings. As I grew and engaged in more organized sports, I learned about the importance of being active and keeping my body physically healthy. This eventually paved the way for my interest in my current profession, physical therapy. What I consider to be the most positive outcome I experienced from participating in sports though is building a relationship with my father. He coached almost every sport and team I played on. I didn’t know it at the time, but because of sports, my father became one of my biggest mentors and someone I continually strive to be like. Through his coaching I learned about sportsmanship and the value of teamwork, dedication, perseverance, passion, and not just winning but enjoying the game; all of which carry over into life outside of sports. He taught me to treat everyone with respect and love, to encourage not put down, and to be a mentor for those in need. I am beyond blessed with the experiences that God has given me. Sports are not for every child, but any that desire to participate should be given the opportunity because there is no telling how sports may affect their life.