Representing the Name on the FRONT OF YOUR JERSEY By: Carly Danek Bash Alum Villanova Grad
Since I was little I set my heart on becoming the girl on TV. I used to look up too, the girl that gets to go out and play the game she loves every day between those two white lines. I am so blessed to have that opportunity now playing at Villanova University while studying mechanical engineering. Thinking about what to write for this article puzzled me at first, but then I realized it was easy. I just had to talk about what the Bash and Nova Wildcats do for me as a person. No matter where you play now or where your future will carry you, it is important to realize the significance of the name you represent on the front of your jersey.
Playing for the Bash was a decision I wouldn't change for anything. Looking back I realized how much it defined who I am today. Our final year we all found ourselves saying "Bash Always and Forever" and that is something I strongly believe in. Moving on to college has made me realize how much this program means to me. As I sat at practices in and day out, on buses for 14 hours through insanity workouts at 8 in the morning, etc., I never realized how much it would soon mean to me. It was all a strong realization as I left for my first collegiate tournament this year recognizing that it would be the first time I would set foot on the field with my teammate and best friend, but in different uniforms. Walking on the field I could remember not caring about the bragging rights of winning, but rather wishing we were still in matching uniforms as we were a year ago.
The people that came into my life through the Bash have become some of the greatest influences upon me. I know every time I come home one of my first thoughts is to show up to the warehouse and see what crazy conditioning tool G has recently discovered, to see how girls have grown since I left and ultimately to reunite with the girls I know will always have my back. Besides my teammates, the Bash provided me with so much in all areas of life. It gave me the opportunity to help give back to all types of organizations, gave me an opportunity to fight to get on a team I could have only dreamed of before, prepared me for everything I would face playing division I softball and showed me how to jump over obstacles that are presented. It is a great program that I am glad that has a lot of involvement because, not only does it make great softball players, it creates girls with the potential to be successful in all aspects of life. There isn't a program I would rather wear on the front of my jersey.
On that note, through the Bash I was able to walk on the field in a different jersey, as a Villanova Wildcat. In a new organization and a new environment I knew that I needed to find my same comfort zone, but had to find where that new zone would be. Very quickly I realized that playing for this program was all about my teammates. Before I had time to take in the whole college experience I knew I had 24 girls that had become my family away from home. With lifting, classes, practice and traveling I spend practically every hour with them, but I know that I would not want it any other way. They are the girls I know that I can turn to when obstacles present themselves and they are the ones I know I will always be proud to play with when I step on the field. Here at college I know there have been a lot of tears and sweat shed, memories made, bonds built and I'm glad to say it has been with them. I am ecstatic thinking about what the rest of my four years has in store.
The main advice I have to give my BASH is make every moment last. Play the sport for the reasons that you want to and don't let anyone else decide those motives for you. You choose to compete in this sport so play every pitch to the fullest.