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 […]

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 […]

Jadin Watson – Why I Play

My favorite NFL player growing up was Michael Vick. He had speed, agility, the moves. He had it all. I watched him play and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I also looked up to LaDainian Tomlinson. I watched him play, and I wanted to be like him because he always gave his all […]

Why We Play – Ryan and Bubba Thibault

Our family loves football, and we always have. We love the intensity of the game. It really is different than any other sport. We were heavily influenced at a young age by our older brother Cody (Valor alum and former quarterback at Drake University) and his friends. Our first memories of the sport occurred before […]