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92500 BOOKS AND BALL As I apply for universities and figure out what I want to do in life I think back abut how sports have changed my life In my eyes the next few months are critical for the furthering my education All my dreams began in mid-August of 1993 the first time I had ever played organized basketball As a tall lanky young thirteen-year-old girl I grew up around many boys so I was always a tomboy Often I was asked if I was going to be the first woman in the NBA but I never truly thought of the possibility Throughout the following years basketball and other sports I played gradually started to take up more of my time I then began to truly understand where that orange ball could take me and what it could do for me In high school I was recognized on the street because of my athlete ability from which I got many awards and accolades Because I thought that the ball would take me right into college I studied very little Soon thereafter my problems began Before long my grades began to drop because of my poor study habits and some of my open-door opportunities closed By the time I realized I could not just rely on basketball needed a good education it was too late to get into the university of my choice because of grades However I was still able to get into a two-year school on a basketball scholarship That is when reality set in I am now a sophomore at a two-year school playing basketball but I still have dreams of playing in the Womens National Basketball Association WNBA IN addition I have dreams of playing Division One basketball for an upper level university Unfortunately all I ca say is that those are just dreams As I sit here filling out numerous applications as if I were a regular student not a
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