During the four years that I have been a part of the Philadelphia High School for Girls lacrosse team I had the opportunity to gain leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship experiences. I learned these skills by becoming captain, attending practice every single day, supporting my fellow team mates and through respect. From these skills that I obtained, it had helped cultivate me to lead my team to two successful Public League Championships in 2011 and 2012. Lacrosse provided the opportunity for me to gain leadership by becoming the team’s captain. By being captain I was the most skilled and the most responsible player on the team because I had to be in charge of a group of players, other than the coach. I had the authority to instruct players what to do when the coach was out and guide the players to become excellent. Players looked up to me as a role model since I was able to be captain, come to practice every day to lead the team while in the International Baccalaureate program and maintaining an A/B average grade. By being exposed to a talented team that put the effort in catching, throwing, cradling, scoring, and communicating on the field has developed my abilities in teamwork. Team work was important to me in lacrosse because it was beneficial when it came to working dependently outside the field. I learned to socialize and expand my abilities gracefully. By working together on the field my lacrosse team has helped me to gain a sense of importance of accomplishment that I will carry throughout my life. Sportsmanship helped me define the meaning of respect. In all sports including lacrosse, during a game players would knock each other down but at the end players demonstrate sportsmanship by shaking hands to show style and dignity to handle both victory and defeat. This enhances a positive attitude for me, anytime I’m in a competition.
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