Go Hard

"In my past seasons, I would just kind of stand in the background and say something here and there. But this past season, it made me step up and be a leader and try to motivate others to do the same thing."

12th grade

12th grade student

Student Athlete

Student Athlete
State Championship Team

Julius L. Chambers High School

Julius L. Chambers High School

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I didn't know what to think about our season, if we were going to have one, what was going on. So I was little shocked and worried at the same time. I would say the hardest part was trying to find places to work out and being able to perform like you did whenever the pandemic wasn't here. A few of my teammates, we got together and went outside and used the goals at the middle school. We also sent things in the group chat, workouts that we would do to stay in shape since we couldn't come into the gym. So a lot of it was making sure people had things to look back on if they didn't know what to do.

When we could all come back together, it was exciting. We felt like we hadn't seen each other in so long. It was like, oh my gosh, you're actually here. But, um, some of us were in shape and then some of us were...eh...but we quickly got back together. Because once we were in a gym, we were like, “Okay, it's go time. Y'all, we gotta do this. You know what our goal is at the end of this and we're going to get there.”

In my past seasons, I would just kind of stand in the background and say something here and there. But this past season, it made me step up and be a leader and try to motivate others to do the same thing. So I tried to go hard. Like every practice, no matter what, no matter how tired I was. I always wanted to be a person that anyone could look up to. And so I made sure I held myself accountable a lot this year.

The championship meant more to us this year because we actually got to play in the state championship and actually win it for ourselves. Because last year when we became co-champions, that didn't mean anything to everyone else. They were like, “Oh, they're co-. They didn’t actually really win it.” And we were kind of like, dang, we still got there, things just didn't go our way because of COVID. But when we were able to go there and really defend our title, it was ours, there was no sharing. So that's what made it more important, especially to us as a team because we did it together. Even through everything that we went through, we dominated and made sure we made our mark.

- Leah

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