A Thank You Letter by SO Emily Bablin

Hello everyone, Babs here! There are so many people I would like to thank for helping me get to the place I am now. HOWEVER, I can be a ranter and will rant so am restraining myself so this is just a blog, not a book.

Firstly I would like to thank my rock, my family. Growing up in a big house meant that mom and dad were not always going to be there to help you in everything (though they sure came pretty close). My sisters have always and will always be my best friends. We have carried each other through life and I cannot imagine a world where a single one of them is not there. They pushed me to not only be a better person but better athlete and volleyball player as well. My younger sister, Katy, would constantly be out in the front yard with me peppering until it was too dark to see the ball anymore. All of them found their way to one of my games last season despite being extremely busy and dealing with school too. The real MVP’s are my parents. Despite having 7 kids, these two managed to go to nearly every game, tournament, or practice for all of us. I don’t know what kind of sorcery that is as it seems impossible yet they do it daily. My parents were the ones who made me take up volleyball in the first place (picture 6 year old me on a theater stage with tennis balls). While initially it was not my favorite activity by a long shot, I grew to have a deep love of the game which would never have been possible without them. Thank you for being my coaches, cheerleaders, therapists, and most importantly, thank you for being mom and dad.

Now I would like to thank my current team and teammates. It is so crazy thinking back to a year ago. I was a scared second semester freshmen about to try out for this team. Unsure of myself, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and give collegiate volleyball one last shot. To this day this decision has been one of the best choices I have ever made. Not only did I find myself a fantastic team, I found a family who would stand by me no matter what. While obviously I do love balling with my bros as that’s the name of the game, GSUVB has given me so much more than I could have ever asked for. Each and every individual on this team is fun, unique (yes definitely VERY unique), hard working, and most importantly good people. I am so thankful to every teammate who greeted me with open arms (even though apparently everyone thought I was a sophomore last year for the longest time). I cannot wait to share the next two years with this team and be absolute UNITS on the court and goofballs off.

I believe that is all for now or else I WILL make myself cry. Over and out,

Babs ❤