I am very appreciative of the Bouncing Bulldogs organization for helping to mold me into
the woman I am today. I have been a member of the Bulldogs either as a jumper or a coach for 25 years. The lessons learned throughout my years transcend beyond the sport. I am currently working as a physical therapist in an orthopedics outpatient clinic in Greensboro, North Carolina. Somehow, my experiences with the Bulldogs always appear in conversation with my patients. Recently, I have treated many Veterans who were stationed overseas, and we often share and compare places we’ve traveled. Patients comment on my ability to listen, empathize, and then organize a plan of action. I learned these important skills from peer-teaching within our team and teaching others at various workshops across the nation and around the world. It is important in life to be able to relate to others on a personal level no matter their social, physical, racial, or economic background.
School never came easy to me. I was never the smartest in my class, never received straight A’s on every report card, and had to apply two years in a row to get into the Duke University Physical Therapy Department. But Coach Fredrick always told me, “Hard work will beat talent any day.” To this day, I will not let anyone outwork me in whatever I do. In school and in life, I am not afraid to ask questions or to say I don’t know the answer. If I do not know the answer, I will not give up until I find the answer. I learned perseverance, discipline, organization, humility, and motivation through jump rope. My journey has not been easy and has come with both successes and failures. Therefore, I read the following quote weekly by Denis Waitley, “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”