In 2018-19, the Mountain East Conference began its "Dear Sport" initiative where student-athletes in the conference were encouraged to write a letter to their sport. The initiative provides the opportunity for student-athletes to express in their own words the impact that sports has played in shaping them throughout their lives.
Click here to view all letters posted throughout the year.
Below is a letter from Ella Walker, an acrobatics & tumbling student-athlete at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Dear Acrobatics and Tumbling,
I fell in love with you at the age of fourteen. Watching you change the lives of young females around the country, giving them opportunities that they didn’t think they could have and shaping yourself into such a powerful, fun and exciting sport has inspired me in so many ways.
You gave me something to look forward to knowing my gymnastics career would soon come to an end after high school. You allow me to continue doing what I love as well as discover new skills and goals I never thought I would achieve. I have had my ups and downs with you but at the end of the day the support team you gave me and lessons I have learned from you have made all the grueling workouts, long practices, tough competitions, injuries and early mornings worth it. T
hank you for showing me what hard work and dedication means. Thank you for leading me to friendships that I will cherish forever. And thank you for being the thing that I can always go to when I’m questioning everything else. Most importantly thank you for continuing to remind me to get back up after falling down whether it is in the gym or in life.
Ella Walker #11
West Virginia Wesleyan College