At the starting line: What propels students to try a new sport?

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At the starting line: What propels students to try a new sport?

Sophie Salomone leads the Herd in a distance race during the 2018 season. Salomone joined the track team back in middle school to make friends and go outside of her comfort zone.

Sophie Salomone leads the Herd in a distance race during the 2018 season. Salomone joined the track team back in middle school to make friends and go outside of her comfort zone.

Matthew O'Haren/Camera Box

Sophie Salomone leads the Herd in a distance race during the 2018 season. Salomone joined the track team back in middle school to make friends and go outside of her comfort zone.

Matthew O'Haren/Camera Box

Matthew O'Haren/Camera Box

Sophie Salomone leads the Herd in a distance race during the 2018 season. Salomone joined the track team back in middle school to make friends and go outside of her comfort zone.

At CHS, student-athletes tap into different sources of passion to fuel their participation in order to be successful in their individual sport.  

Carlisle first-year volleyball player Evan Fair discovered his love for volleyball in gym class and was inspired to try-out for the team.  Fair is an example of how students can find a new found love for a sport in a different way.

“I found a passion [for volleyball]  because of how fast-paced and team focused it is,” Fair said. “I just loved how much the team-aspect of the game is important.” 

Other athletes such as sophomore Sophia Salomone have had other calls of inspiration to their sport.   Salomone is a track and cross-country runner who had an interesting spark of motivation for starting to run competitively.  Salomone wanted to find a way to build new relationships but also discovered new ways to test herself.

“I started running in middle school in order to meet new friends and become part of a team,” Salomone said. “Then my passion molded into how running has helped me have the confidence to do things outside of my comfort zone.” 

Salomone’s not alone in finding the possibility of new friendships with like-minded people to be a reason to join a team.  Togetherness and chemistry is an important factor in persuading people to join a new sport.

“My passion came from the tight bond that my first team had which has continued all the way into high school,” said Ethan Rose, a freshman lacrosse player has played lacrosse for 5 years. “I love working out with the guys and trying to improve every day.” 

Though there are many sources of passion, a common denominator in each athletes passion is the values of teamwork, dedication, and camaraderie.  CHS athletes all have unique sources of passion and drive and they all have their own ways to motivate themselves.

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