I remember it like it was yesterday. I played basketball at Florida High School which is the developmental research school for Florida State University. In 2006 my high school team went all the way to the Florida State Girls basketball Championship and won our first ever State title. With a 103 degree fever in Florida weather I still managed to lace up my shoes that day. I wasn't missing the one game that we worked so hard for all year. You want to talk about a glorious feeling? We started off the year ranked at the bottom of our division. I guess everyone thought we would choke like we did in prior years. The tallest person on our team was a little over 6 feet. I was about 5'6 and weighed in at 115 pounds soaking wet. You can say we were undersized and underrated; We didn't care. As the captain of my team I was taking my girls all the way to the ship and we were winning. We had to win! It was my last year and it would be my last and only chance to leave a mark on this school forever. It came down to just seconds on the clock and the only thing that stood in between winning and losing was the fate of a single free throw. I stepped up to the free throw line with the confidence of my entire team and Florida High's athletics' program on my shoulders. I knocked down 1 of 2 free throws to put us up 1 for the win over St. Petersburg Catholic.
I hit the game winning shot but I didn't win the championship. We had won the championship before we had even played that game. What I mean by that is a single championship game is not won in one game alone. A championship is won in the classroom, in practice, and in the games leading up to the championship. Every individual on that championship team had a role throughout the entire year. As a leader in that role we had to keep each other accountable every single day. Even if we didn't have practice we would go get up a few jump shots on the shooting machine. Even when we didn't have school we would all hang out together doing school work and just bonding. We were winners everyday. When it came down to the championship game it was easy. It was like taking candy from a baby.
I took pride in wearing my uniform. I took pride in saying my school name. I took pride in representing my team and our fans with the utmost sportsmanship and competitiveness.
Eleven years later Florida High girl's basketball team is on the road to yet another Florida State Championship appearance. In 2006 we created a family and a winning tradition for years to come. Congratulations to the girls of the 2016-2017 Florida High girl's basketball team on your road to continuing a legacy. You have my unwavering support and I pass you my tenacious spirit and winning attitude. NOW GO BRING US BACK ANOTHER RING!
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