On this special day, I’d like to give a very special thanks to my Mother. As we all know, being a student athlete isn’t easy. And as many of us know, being a parent to a student athlete isn’t always easy as well. During my years as a student athlete, my mother’s presence, her confidence in me, and her ability to always be that listening ear when I needed it the most are gifts I will always cherish. I’ll never forget those moments when I could have been on the brink of possibly giving up, that her persistence and her strength gave me the drive to move forward. On this Mother’s Day, I’d like to thank my mother for encouraging me to be my very best self during my years as a student athlete. And it is because of her that I have taken the skills that I have learned as a student athlete, and I continue to be propelled forward as an Athlete for Life.