Maddie Doyle: Why I Dance

Growing up, my parents enrolled my sister and I in basketball, soccer, softball, and of course, dance. We were apart of the stereotypical little girls taking ballet and tap for 30 minutes a week. None of the sports really stuck with me, despite my parents both having successful high school athletic careers. I think I […]

Why I Play: Luke Wheeler

I love sports. Ever since I was young I played flag football, golf, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, tennis, lacrosse, and hockey. As I grew up, it is very hard to continue to play each sport at a high level. By the time I was 13, I was mainly playing baseball, and hockey at very competitive […]

Why I Play: Maddie Altman

I have always been a multi-sport athlete and I still am today, playing basketball in the winter and lacrosse in the spring. Growing up, I was on a soccer, tennis, golf, swim and basketball team, and I fell in love with the game of basketball. I have always been a crazy competitor in whatever I […]

Gabe Grams: Why I Play

I suppose my tennis story is a little different than most people’s athletic journeys. All people have a story, but I would say that mine is a little unique. I grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado and I played recreational tennis from ages eight through thirteen, growing more competitive each year. Tennis was not a huge […]

Carlie Charp: Why I Cheer

You might think it’s silly to be writing a “Why I Play” piece on cheerleading.  Some of you might be reading this thinking, cheer isn’t even a sport.  Don’t be fooled by the constant smiles you see on our faces, that’s just part of the job.  Behind the perfect ponytail and short skirt is an […]

Willing and Faithful: Jim and Jody Goff

If a few moments could sum up more than a decade of his family’s Valor story, Jim Goff says they would be graduation day snapshots—Taylor’s, Rudy’s, and Graylen’s. He remembers seeing “their mom turn their tassels.” Not every mom gets to do that. But Jody has earned the privilege, though she would never claim so […]