Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Community Service

When I was in middle school my best friend was named Jimmy. Jimmy was the sweetest boy with the kindest heart. I had known him since first grade and we were extremely close. Jimmy has down syndrome but he never lets that get to him. Ever since I met him, I have wanted to do something that would put a smile on as many kids with a Cognitive disability as possible. When I moved to Florida I had to leave Jimmy, but he left me with so much. He taught me to always smile even when things get tough. He taught me to love everything and everyone. Moving to Florida was difficult but I wanted to spread the love that Jimmy passed on to me. My sister and I did a lot of research and we found something that we both would honestly enjoy. Parkland buddies is a where you play sports with a buddy that has a Cognitive Disability and for 2 hours you are the reason they are smiling and laughing. Nothing makes me happier then to see my buddy enjoying herself! I love it so much I got my best friend to do it with me. These kids have such kind hearts and watching them do what they love is an indescribable feeling . A lot of people do community service for the hours but I can honestly say, I don't.

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”- Mother Teresa 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My Personal Artifact

As you probably know this artifact is going to do with the one and only volleyball. Playing club volleyball is a lot of hard work and a lot of time. We have tournaments every weekend and play some really amazing teams. One of the best tournaments I have ever gone to was the Ohana Tournament. So I'm going to ask you to do something, close your eyes. Picture three volleyball courts side by side. Hear the screaming parents, siblings, friends and boyfriends. Can you feel the intensity? This is where I feel my happiest and strongest. This atmosphere is what makes the long nights and hard training worth it.After four amazing matches which we won, we had the championship. The crazy thing was the championship was against our Mizuno 14u team. We had the advantage of knowing how they played but then we had the disadvantage of them knowing how we play. We decided to change everything! They are known for their tips and we are known for our serves. The game basically went to whoever served best.  It was getting too close for coach and he put me in for the last 10 points.  I'm known on the team for "best serves" and the 14U knew that. I gave it all I had and made the ball hit the back corners where the girls weren't defending. I got the last 10 points all on serves. We won the Ohana Championship and nothing feels better as a student athlete then winning a tournament/championship! My artifact is definitely the trophy since I got the honor of taking it home. Its not just a trophy to me, It the long nights and the multiple weird colored bruises and leg burns. My artifact is who I am in every possible way. When I look at it, it makes me realize how true passion for something pays off. Is there something you have that makes you feel the same way?

Until next time,
Avery McGettigan aka. VolleyballEnthusiast

Love the game. Love the game for the pure joy of accomplishment. Love the game for everything it can teach you about yourself. Love the game for the feeling of belonging to a group endeavoring to do its best. Love the game for being involved in a team whose members can't wait to see you do your best. Love the game for the challenge of working harder than you ever have at something and then harder than that. Love the game because it takes all team members to give it life. Love the game because at its best, the game tradition will include your contributions. Love the game because you belong to a long line of fine athletes who have loved it. It is now your legacy. Love the game so much that you will pass on your love of the game to another athlete who has seen your dedication, your work, your challenges, your triumphs... and then that athlete will, because of you, love the game." - Unknown

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What I Can't Live Without

   There is nothing I love more than stepping on the volleyball court. The rush of adrenaline reaching me faster than anything else I have done. Its hard to explain, but if you go on my twitter you can get a look into my life that revolves around volleyball.  I am the setter for my Mizuno team and I am 5'2. This can make it a little challenging but if you know me, you know it never stops me. I may be smallest but I am always the loudest on the court. Being a student athlete is difficult at times, but I wouldn't change it for anything! What is something that you cant live without?

I will always end my blog post with a quote of motivation/inspiration.

"You learn you can do your best even when its hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage." 

- Joe Namath
With much love,
Avery McGettigan

My team when we won the Ohana Tournament!