Baseball @ UTSC – Anyone can be an athlete

[ Music ] Well, it’s like a brotherhood. You learn from the older guys. They just teach you things. You get to meet a lot of really cool people along the way, build really good relationships, build really good experiences. This activity is great for your body and your mind. Helps you get fit, feel good about yourself. The biggest thing that kind of brings people together through sports is this common goal. And like I said, we come from different backgrounds, we have different interests but ultimately the goal is to be the best you possibly can be for your team. And if everyone takes care of themselves like that, no one has to worry too much about anyone else and the team ends up succeeding. [ Music ] I think being physically active helps you mentally, helps you physically to stay positive, stay in a good routine that will benefit you not just now but in the future as well. After a great practice or a great game, I feel good about myself. I can go home, get my work done, read my textbooks, and move on to the next day. Socially, it’s a great way to make friends and connect with people. And also emotionally, it allows you to feel positive about yourself when you have accomplishments whether they’re competitive or recreational. One thing with time management is if you have a lot of things do, you get your mind to focus on those things. It forces you into a mindset to have to follow through with all of that. The advice I give to people who are maybe struggling or can’t get over that hump to get — to become physically active: take baby steps. There’s no need to kind of go full-bore into it right away. Just do one thing at a time. Maybe get off the bus one stop early and walk a little bit. Make goals for yourself that you can accomplish in a short amount of time and that are fairly easy to accomplish. But don’t get down on yourself if you don’t achieve your goals right away. Just try and do something and make some kind of positive change. [ Music ] So it doesn’t really matter what people are telling you; right? If you feel that you can compete and that you want to be part of a sport — It doesn’t matter how you look or how you feel: if you’re varsity or recreational. No matter how tall, how short, how big, how small — Everyone is an athlete. Everyone’s an athlete. Everyone’s an athlete. Everyone can be an athlete. [ Music ]

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