What the Game Means to Me- A Blog by FY MK Saladino

Volleyball has meant many different things to me over the years. When I first started my volleyball journey, it was just a fun sport I decided to play to get involved and make friends in high school. Little did I know, it would be a huge part of my life. I knew I loved the sport right away. My determination to get better and love for the sport grew rapidly. Volleyball started to mean so much more. It started to mean commitment, drive and determination. My teammates became my family and I developed a huge attachment to the sport. It became a part of who I am. I would think about volleyball all the time and strove to get better at what I loved to do. I would go to practice after school and then get home and continue to practice against my garage door until it got dark out. After school season ended I joined club and always hated leaving practice or tournaments because I just wanted to play all the time. It became my escape. Every time something would happen in my life that would make me upset I just wanted to play volleyball and be able to forget about my worries for the amount of time that I was on the court.

IMG_6870My high school team was the reason for my love of the game and it’s meaning to me. I never knew that a group of girls could cause so much joy in my life. My high school teammates became an extension of my family. I love each of them like sisters and could call up any one of their moms and talk to them as if they’re my own. They influenced the meaning of the game for me. Playing with them was my escape from everything else going on in my life. With them the game meant family and I played for them. I never thought I would find a team that I fit in with so well again. I didn’t think someone could be lucky enough to have two teams that every single person meant so much to them.

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This was until I started playing at SUNY Geneseo. I was pleasantly surprised when I became so close with my team here at Geneseo. It reminded me so much of my high school team and I love that about it.  It’s only been 7 months and I already have friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. Geneseo volleyball has influenced my life in such a positive way and shaped the meaning of the game for me. Today the game means grit, fight, and family. The game is a way for me to get away from everything else and just be fully invested in the moment on the court. Geneseo volleyball helps the meaning of the game develop into a stronger and deeper meaning to me. Now I play for my teammates who have taken me in and caused me to love the game of volleyball more than and more every day.

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