The Road to Success is paved with HARD WORK

by Mary Jo Campbell Cambridge on March 22nd, 2016

HHS Lady Mariners
On a sunny, Tuesday afternoon in early September, a large group of pony-tailed ladies walked into ATR.  I knew few by name, but rapidly grew to know and love this hard working, close-knit group.  With 12 weeks until the first practice, I knew I had a golden opportunity to influence their lives in a positive way and effect their season as both individuals, and as a team. I took both of those responsibilities very seriously. I had basically begged head coach, Chad Felice, to trust me with his group of athletes.  

My goals were simple: to create a work ethic and conditioning base that allowed for long term, injury-free competition, and to develop a periodized program that would allow the team to PEAK in late March for the ASAA State Championship. None of that mattered to the team, though, as I constantly reinforced my motto: All you have to do is show up, work hard and it will take care of itself. And show up they did.  The sweat, the pain, the time that could have been spent just being teens is all that mattered.  As they say, "the proof is in the pudding"… 28 weeks later, the Lady Ms have finished the regular season with a 21-2 record, and an 18 game winning streak halted at the Regional Final. Now they wait a week, to go forward. They are sitting patiently just below that peak…like sitting at a high base camp of Everest, waiting for the final summit push… to make that push, they have to stay together, stay hungry and rely on each other. Finish it, ladies, and Finish STRONG!

No matter what happens this weekend. I will always hold this team in my heart for the trust and love and cohesiveness that they showed each other and me. As a very wise and loving colleague always told me, “Kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”  Good luck Lady Ms…play your hearts out like warriors and leave it all on the floor. Homer loves you. Whoop whoop  <3.

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