Portland State athletes celebrate 2020 National Girls & Women in Sports Day

My name is Sofi Papastamos, and I’m a sophomore on the soccer team here at Portland State. My name is Kristin O’Handley. I’m a junior on the track and field team at Portland State. My name is Jasmine Cabajar, I’m from women’s golf, and I’m a senior at PSU. My name is Paige Donathan, and I am a redshirt sophomore on the women’s soccer team. Playing soccer to me means that I have teammates who push me on and off the field every day. It gives me a family who supports me through the ups and downs on and off the field Sports means to me the opportunity to meet new people, who, when they’re competing,
all speak one universal language. and being able to go to new places and do things I never thought I’d be able to do without sports. Sports has meant everything to me. I’ve been playing sports since I was young, and it’s provided me with so many opportunities. It made me the person I am today. Playing sports here at Portland State has meant a great deal to me because I’ve been able to be an inspiration to my two younger sisters back at home. I’ve learned from playing soccer at Portland State that being a teammate ‘ means bringing what you bring to the table. It’s not about what you can or can’t do. It’s about what you do best and you bring that and have your teammates support you in that. From sports I learned accountability, and that my actions determine my success. Sports has taught me time management, dedication, motivation, and teamwork. From playing sports, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned that I handle a lot of different situations through injuries, through stuff off the field.
It showed me my resilience. Skills I’ve developed being a student athlete here at Portland State are being a good teammate, learning how to communicate with each other, learning what time management means throughout school and soccer. My biggest role models in sports are my parents who always go to all of my meets and even if they can’t make it they’re always there to encourage me. from the time I was 4 all the way up until competing in college now. The most important role models in my life is my parents and my brothers. The skills that I’ve learned throughout sports that are transferable to after college would be communication, leadership, confidence and, most of all, developing important friendships. When I was little all I wanted to do was play soccer in college, and now that I have this opportunity I’m so grateful for it. And I just hope that young girls follow in my footsteps to chase their dreams. A message that I’ve learned in sports and that is important for every younger athlete to know is to always believe in yourself and to push through limitations that other people set, because you can do anything.

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