So, I walked up and placed the ball on the penalty spot. Then I heard the whistle and ran up to strike the ball. After planting my bad foot, I could not bear to stand up because I was in so much pain. I fell down and did not see if the ball went in. When I first heard the players and crowd I thought that I had let the team down and I just started saying, “I’m sorry lads, I blew it.” Then I heard, “what are you talking about? We won the game.” When I looked up I saw the ball in the net and all my teammates around me saying that they were glad I kept going and that without me they would never have done it.
I always pride myself on being there for my friends and being dependable no matter what I need to do. That day will always be special to me for I know that I never let them down and that I was willing to do anything to help our team achieve its goal.
Shelley’s story illustrates how an early event that affected a family member set Shelley on her career path:
Everyone has a childhood memory that influences the choices that they make and alters the path that they take in life. This is my story that influenced my life decisions.
I can still remember August of 1995; it was my favorite time of the year because all the neighborhood children would gather at the pool and go swimming. I was swimming underwater watching all the kids play, but my sister is the person who stood out to me. I can still picture the sparkle of her tears rolling down her face while she sat on the pool steps watching all the other kids have fun. I just remember thinking how could someone be so mean and irresponsible. The devastation happened three months earlier.