Challenge of Growth
By: Bella DeRuvo
In 2016 of my 6th grade year, I was nominated to receive the Hamman Award. The Hamman award represents a player that works hard, is humble, treats their coaches and teammates with respect, and displays great sportsmanship. When I was nominated I had some people tell me that I was only nominated because I was a girl. That I got a pity vote from my teammates and coaches. This is where I’d listen, but I wouldn’t provide any response. Simply in one ear out the other. I ended up becoming the recipient of the Hamman award in 2016. I was the first girl ever in the history of Novato to win it. It was amazing while it lasted. I felt like I was on top of the world. But once I aged out of novato little league, I felt like I was forgotten, like my legacy was lost. It all feels so distant, and maybe it’s because it was such a long time ago. But if I could give any advice to younger girls that want to do something outside of gender stereotypes, DO IT! Don’t be afraid. I am who I am today because of that sport and my experience. Baseball has given me confidence and modesty that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately my baseball career was cut short during my eighth grade year of middle school. I sustained a pretty bad concussion that took me 18 months to recover. That itself is a whole other story but the point of this is that girls are so freaking strong. We are severely underestimated. We can overcome anything we set our mind to. So I challenge all of the girl’s, young and old, to do something that challenges you. Do something you’re afraid of. This is how you will grow into the best version of yourself that you can be.