I can't stand sitting on the sidelines. I've always wanted to be in the game.
When I was eight years old, I told my parents I wanted to play Little League baseball…with the boys. Luckily, my parents didn't question my decision or my abilities. They signed me up without hesitation.
From the first pitch, I was hooked: thrilled by the constant challenge of having to prove I belonged on that field, rewarded with the accomplishment of winning over the skeptical boys on my team, and fulfilled by leaving my heart on the field.
I've played on and captained dozens of successful teams since that first season. I've experienced come-from-behind victories and heartbreaking losses. But I've never thought of quitting.
And now in my career, I find myself on a different playing field, but well-equipped from the lessons I learned through sports. Although the wins and losses have become a little more subjective, there's still nothing I enjoy more than a team environment and the constant thrill of a challenge.
I believe it's important to show other women there are no limits to our capabilities. We can be successful teammates and we can be influential captains. And it's OK to want to win. We just have to put ourselves in the game.