Tell us more about ONE or TWO activities listed above that are most important to you. Please explain the role you played and what you learned in the process. You will be asked for a reference who can speak to your response. (maximum 350 words)
For this essay I talked about the importance of baseball to myself
For almost my entire life I have played baseball. Picking up a ball and bat for the first time when I was 2 turned out to be the greatest decision of my life to date.
When I attended tryouts for my first competitive baseball team, I experienced a whirlwind of emotions including jubilation when I was selected to play "rep" baseball. A decade later, I am still playing for the same team at the highest amateur level in Ontario (Elite) and largely with the same players. I've had many opportunities to play for different teams, some potentially more lucrative for my career, but each time I declined for one reason: my teammates. I never wanted to break the strong bond we formed.
Most competitive youth sports teams stay together for a year or two with players moving on to different teams or interests. But my team has stayed together for our entire youth baseball careers spanning 10+ years. I discovered what's most important to me are all my teammates. They have seen me learn and grow over the years, and each one of them has had a profound influence on shaping the person I am today. For this I am forever grateful.
My teammates are among my best teachers. They taught me respect. I now respect that everyone is different. While we are brothers, I respect we will likely all choose different paths. My teammates taught me teamwork. I now know that success does not simply rely on individual shoulders but instead on a full team who want to succeed just as badly as I do. If I fail I know one of them is always behind me ready to pick me up. My teammates taught me friendship. I now realize friendship extends far beyond on the field and well past nine innings. My teammates taught me leadership. I now strive to be the best I can be and act as a role model.
When we walk off the field together next summer for the last time, I will never forget how important my teammates are to me.