Volleyball has been my passion for over 25 years. My journey with the sport started at 10 years old playing with family recreationally. From there, I progressed to high school Junior Varsity, Varsity and then college.
Volleyball is not only a passion for me but it has been my outlet during my tough times. I can always find my "happy place" when on the court and nothing else seemed to matter.
Not only has volleyball brought me joy, but I've been very fortunate to meet some amazing people (coaches, parents, athletes) along my journey. The sense of community and relationships I have built are what I value the most which have added a great deal to my life.
In September of 2017, I had the opportunity to play in an adult national tournament, the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (NACIVT) or 9-Man. On the first day of the tournament, first set and 10 points into the game I landed from a hit and tore my left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). At that moment, my thought process on everything I do on a day-to-day basis changed (coaching, being a mother to a toddler, playing). Needless to say, I was freaking out about my future and the recovery process I was going to embark upon. Anytime one faces adversity it is a great time to reflect and reassess what you are doing and that is exactly what I did.
As I said earlier, the community and relationships I have built, in addition to my family, helped me through this tough time. I reached out and asked for help, help was offered from all angles and I embraced the tough time and enjoyed what I was learning.
My husband and I love sports. That is one of the things that brought us together in the beginning of our relationship. He shared an article with me that resonated with what I have gone through as an adult and what I know our athletes go through in their everyday lives on the court and off the court. See link below.
My purpose for writing this is to share with you that we will all face adversity at some point in our lives, on the court, at home with family and friends, at work with co-workers, some more than others. It's okay to face adversity. Don't be upset, embrace it. More importantly when embracing your adversity, know that you are learning and growing because of it.
Enjoy the read and Mahalo (thank you) for taking the time to read this.
Club Director Kehau Schlick-Harris