General purpose: how basketball taught me hard work and discipline
Specific purpose: hard work can help achieve anything
Thesis statement through basketball I learned how to work hard and discipline myself to achieve my goals in life
My passion for the basketball started when I was in my second year of high
school, basketball not only helped me grow but also taught me a lot of things that I use in my
My passion for the game began during my last year of middle school, but
despite trying out for the middle school team I was not chosen to be a part of it. Although this
was of great disappointment to me, it did not deter me from my love of the game. It made me
more driven and determined to work hard during the summer prior to entering high school to
ensure that I was in a position to try-out for the high school freshman team. I practiced morning,
noon and night in 90 degree heat, perfecting my shot and working out to
improve my skills. This
hard work paid off, when I was chosen to be a part of the freshman team and I have continued to
... third year being on a championship basketball team, and I have also been on championship baseball teams, but winning the sportsmanship award was ... my own. During my sophomore year in high school, I went out for the high school ski team. I did pretty well during the season ... am accepted to the University of Connecticut, I plan to work hard to receive the best education I can — and, of ...
work hard during my high school years to be an asset to the varsity team.
I feel sure that this experience of being a part of the high school basketball team has
helped me become successful in my academic life. Being part of a team has instilled in me the
responsibilities and work ethic that carries over into other aspects of my life and I feel sure that
this will be extremely valuable in my future endeavors at the University. And really more
precisely on hard work, there is a saying that “hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work
hard.” I believe this because to me it means that no matter how good you are if you don’t work
hard, your talent is nothing. If Michael Jordan had not believed in working hard then he would
not have been anywhere near as good as he is today. You do not only need to work hard in sports
in the classroom, and life in general. Working hard in the classroom will give you many
advantages later in life. That way you can get into a good college, and get a
good job later in life.
In all this experience, the greatest thing I learn is that hard work pays off,
Although the above experience and accomplishment of being chosen to be a part of a team has
contributed and shaped the person I am today.