|Oh, yeah. I love it so much that I used to coach it!
(Photo by Christopher Anderson⁄The Gazette)
About two months ago, I hosted a potluck for my USAV (USA Volleyball) women’s team, Spiked Punch. (What can I say? Volleyball players love puns!) As an icebreaker, I asked everyone why they like volleyball. There were some really great answers on how everyone got started, and why everyone continues to play as an adult. For some, it was peer pressure. For others, it was parental pressure. Some started playing out of curiosity.
So, I joined the team, and thus began my love affair with volleyball. There have been plenty of bumps in the road (puns!), like with any relationship; however, the important thing is that I’ve kept up with it (for the most part). I took some time off last year, dislocated my shoulder in February, but have finally begun to feel like myself on the court again.
Volleyball makes me happy. It’s a release from the stress of the day. Plus, it’s an awesome workout that allows you to burn hundreds of calories from just one match! Bonus: It makes my Fitbit happy. It helps me meet new, interesting people and allows me to be my true competitive self. It’s awesome!
Oh, the cherry on top? Even though men play, and there are coed teams, it’s an awesome girl power sport! I’ve met so many remarkable, confident, and strong women while playing volleyball. It pushes me to want to be a better woman as well.
What’s your favorite sport? Why do you enjoy playing it?