When I was in elementary school, I thought I'd accomplished a lot athletically.
In a coach-pitch baseball game one year, my team beat one of my friends' after he predicted we had no chance in the hallways of school earlier that day. In the triumphant win, I hit for a memorable 5-for-5 at the plate that included four inside-the-park home runs to help my Mets beat his Red Sox.
For a long time, I kept the game ball I received after the game displayed in my room as one of my most prized possessions.
In one of my first rec league basketball experiences, my team also went undefeated — reaching the glory every boy my age dreamed of. The hoops may have only been eight and a half feet above us, but the Georgetown Hoyas, a squad of young talent that included me, ran the floors of the Bill Sapp Recreation Center.
While they meant a lot to me at the time, my mediocre accomplishments pale in comparison to what Erin Matson was doing as an elementary schooler. Now a first-year for the UNC field hockey team, Matson had already caught the attention of the program she now plays for before she was 10 years old.