Sports are a very important part of my life, especially basketball. I have been playing my entire life because it was such a huge part of my life growing up with my father being a coach and my brother who was an exceptional player when he participated in grade school, high school, and college. I currently play for my dad who is the head coach and my brother who is an assistant coach at Holy Cross High School. They have taught me so much about the game and how it is much more than a game. They showed and continue to show me how basketball teaches team work, success, failure, and respect. Those are only a handful of things along with a plethora of others that the game teaches. But I am writing about basketball to tell a story of failure that changed my life forever. My sophomore year of high school our team made it to the semi-final in the state tournament losing to the soon to be state champions by two points. This loss struck me and my teammates hard but it made us willing to do whatever it took to get us one game further to the state championship next year and that's exactly what we did. We persevered and worked extremely hard and our dream came true, we won the semi-final game my junior year and went on to play in the state championship. We lead the whole game and then we fell apart. In the final quarter we depicted ourselves to hear that final buzzer and look at the score board seeing our dreams crushed as we lost by five points. This was more than just another loss it was a serious defeat to sixteen kids that worked harder than anyone to have their dream crushed in a slow and painful eight minutes. This was a life changing experience for me because it made me realize that if you truly want something in life you must work hard, extremely hard and be able to make sacrifices to obtain success. That is where basketball taught me a life lesson, in life if you want to succeed you must work hard, you must be willing to make sacrifices, and you must be able to accept failure and learn from it. Basketball is much more than a sport to me it is a lifestyle that makes me want to be successful and do the things required.