I believe in putting on my uniform, strapping up the shoes, giving the pre-game
speech, and stepping into the gym where the crowd is buzzing. I believe in
the game of basketball.
I was thirteen years old. My girlfriend had just broken up with me after we had
been going out for eight months. It was the most depressing time of my life. I didn’t
know how I was going to get through it. I really had no one to turn to except for my
parents and I don’t feel comfortable talking to them about my social life. That’s when I
really turned to basketball for help. Every time I felt like just dropping to the floor, I
would sprint outside pick up a basketball and just start shooting. I can practice from
twenty minutes to three hours, but for that select time all of my problems just go away. I
just forget about everything and just concentrate on putting the ball in the basket. This is
why I believe in the game of basketball.
I strive to be the best that I can be. I give it my all every time I touch the court.
Hard work and practice are the keys to the game of basketball. Every time I touch the ball
I feel like I am holding my college tuition. I know that giving everything in my tank each
and every day, whether I am at practice or in a game, can ease the pain on my college
tuition. It can help my parents retire early and live better lives. This is why I believe in
the game of basketball.
Every spring about sixty kids are given the opportunity to make a living playing
basketball. Determination can get you anywhere in life. I play to be one of those kids
everyday. To tell you the truth, I’m pretty sure I won’t end up playing in the NBA.
The reason I set my goals so high is, so that later in life when I have a chance at a
promotion, for instance, I will be able to work my tail off to reach that goal, because of
my earlier experience. My confidence will sky rocket because I know that if I worked
that hard for a goal that is almost impossible to reach, why can’t I reach a goal that
is nearly an arm’s length away. This is why I believe in the game of basketball.
If you are a young kid, who really does want to become an NBA player, don’t let
the odds frighten you. I live by two sayings one of my old coaches used to preach. “Hard
work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” He’d follow it up by declaiming, “God
gives talent, but he does not give heart.” Work hard at following you’re goals and you’ll
be surprised what happens. This is why I believe in the game of basketball.
To me the game of basketball goes beyond what just happens on the court. It
helps people with teamwork, dedication, and determination. All of which are necessities
to high-paying jobs. Writing this paper has actually showed me how much I love
basketball, but it has also showed me how much I depend on it. This is why I believe
in the game of basketball.
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