Volleyball, a game of strategy and technique helped develop who I am today. Throughout my life, I have been on many sports teams; however, volleyball is the sport that has allowed me to grow the most as a person. It has made me into the strong, determined and trustworthy leader I am today. Along with improvements in these personal qualities, I have also enhanced my volleyball skills. Recognition for this improvement was given when I received an award for the most improved player. Due to my dedication to this sport, I was also recognized as the most valuable player on the team. These acknowledgments allowed me to gain motivation to become a better player. I wanted to be the best and I refused to settle for anything less. Over the years, my team and I became well coordinated and worked together to strive to achieve a common goal, winning. In 2010, we made it to the finals. Through hard struggle and dedication we placed third out of the eight teams that were present. This was the first year we made it to finals and received placement. Volleyball has allowed me to gain confidence and because of this sport, I have realized I am able to succeed in anything I set my mind to. The qualities I have developed through playing volleyball have enabled me to become a better person. As a strong, confident, and determined woman with her eyes set on success, I am eager to overcome adversity and excel in future endeavors.