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Geneva students win NGWSD essay contest

Posted Thursday, March 18, 2021 —


Eleventh grader Sally Young, seventh grader Katelynn Pilkenton, fourth grader Paige Lapides, and PK students Spencer and Riley Breese were selected as winners of this year’s Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ National Girls and Women in Sports Day Essay Contest.


The contest was open to girls in the Finger Lakes Region in kindergarten through 12th grade, with entries responding to the following themes: "Why do you play?" "What have you missed?" "Inspiration" or "Power of your voice."


The girls were featured on the HWS Athletics Department webpage and social media.


Katelynn's essay (reproduced below) responded to the question, "Why do you play?" All of the girls essays are reproduced in full on the HWS website.

Why I Play Sports


By Katelynn Pilkenton


I play sports because I love playing sports. I’ve played all different kind of sports since I was 4 mostly soccer, baseball, basketball, and kickboxing. Different kind of sports teach you different skills that you can use throughout your life. Skills like leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, and sportsmanship. There are a lot of ways to play and have fun. For example, a team is like a second family. You joke around, build trust, and gain new friends. When you’re playing on the field, it’s fun because of the competitiveness of the game or the sport you play could be just plain fun. Sports also help you socialize with people while having fun. Sports can have good health benefits for people. Some of these benefits include healthy weight balance and sleep improvement. Sports can also help your mental health. Your jersey or uniform shows everyone who your team and sports’ family are. You win some games, lose some of the games, and some games get rained out but you still need to suit up for them all. A sports team is not a team because they work together, they’re a team because they respect, trust, and care for each other. This is why I play sports.