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Author: Katy Galli

Under the Lights

“Running to him was real; the way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as a diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also made him free.” -John L. Parker Jr. There is nowhere on this earth that I would rather be than standing on a track as the lights come on. In the midst of a grueling work out, as the sun disappears behind the trees, the lights cast a soft, warm glow across that bouncy rubber surface. The serenity created by this moment is the textbook definition...

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John Wooden

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” –John Wooden By idolizing his father, Joshua Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, John R. Wooden, learned how to be a genuine person. Growing up in Hall, Indiana, Wooden enjoyed a basic farm lifestyle, where his father reminded him everyday that only through hard work and total dedication to personal values could he be a successful individual in society. These essential components comprised Wooden and made him into the regimented and talented...

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Rowdy Ronda Rousey

On August 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a new standard for women’s athletics was set. For the first time in the history of the UFC, a women’s fight was the main event of the evening. After weeks of taunting and intensely competitive banter, two incredible fighters took to the octagon. Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia are two warriors of their craft, but the much-anticipated fight between these two rivals ended as swiftly as it began. I was lucky enough to witness this momentous 34-second fight live on pay-per-view. I had just come home from Emory University where...

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Once a Runner…

“A runner is a miser, spending the pennies of his energy with great stinginess, constantly wanting to know how much he has spent and how much longer he will be expected to pay. He wants to be broke at precisely the moment he no longer needs his coin.” –John L. Parker, Jr.   One of my favorite books is Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr. Parker spins a tale of a college runner, Cassidy, who wants nothing more than to go to the Olympics. In the pursuit of his dream, he loses touch with the material world...

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“I am an athlete. I may not be the best, but that is what I strive to be. I may never get there, but I will never quit trying.”

Athletics relies on talent and hard work, and a person requires both if she wishes to reach any level above amateur. Of course, there is no shame in playing a sport simply for the joy that it brings you; but the true test of character comes when you choose to remain loyal to your sport, knowing that it will never bring you any fame, fortune, or recognition other than that received by those closest to you. Your core integrity shines through only when you find value in yourself and know wholly and completely that while your talent may not...

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