“It’s DEVASTATING.” All year long, student-athletes have been waiting for spring sports to happen. All the tennis matches, track meets, softball, baseball, and soccer games all ending before the whole season even started. As you may know, the governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, has announced that schools will be closed for the rest of the school year due to the pandemic. Meaning, no more school extracurricular activities happening.
Being a spring sport athlete, I was pumped and excited all year long to hit the track and create even more fun memories for the last time with my track teammates.
I’m not the only one impacted by this pandemic negatively. For the senior spring sport athletes, this was their last season of sports in their high school years. Not being able to play the sport that they love and enjoy “really saddens me” according to Ashlee Stacy, a senior varsity softball player. Ashlee also said it was “frustrating” that all the hard work she put in before the season just goes down the drain. Also, with senior varsity tennis player, Chelsea Vorng, she shared with me how it was “really disappointing, especially because this was my last year.” Chelsea then explained how she was looking forward to playing with her younger sister this year and is upsetting that she will not get the chance to. Lastly, with senior varsity soccer player from Cleveland High School, David Garcia, he acknowledged that this whole pandemic “hasn’t only affected me but it also affected my whole team.” David also explained how this year was the year his team was going to be big contenders.
However, this pandemic is not stopping all these great athletes from staying in shape. All these dedicated athletes have been working out from their homes. To stay in shape, Ashlee has been working out a lot on strengthening her core and running to work on her cardio. For Chelsea, she has been focusing on building her stamina by learning new dances and by enjoying playing badminton with her family. With David, he has been focusing both physically and mentally by walking his dog early in the morning and practicing soccer in his backyard. As you can tell from these athletes that you can do a lot with this whole quarantine time. Working out, spending more time with family and pets, and also taking care of your mental health.
Keep in mind, “As your abilities expand, so does your mental capacity.” Motivational words from Akin Akman.