Sports Bring Me Joy:

As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved sports. I have fond memories of attending Boston Red Sox games as a child. I looked forward to cotton candy, peanuts and a trip to the team store to buy souvenirs. I even named my dog after my favorite player.

While baseball is my favorite sport I enjoy others as well. I enjoy basketball and hockey in particular. I love watching the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. I’ve seen a couple of Celtics games live. During hockey season, I watch as many Pittsburgh Penguins games as I can. Although the Penguins aren’t my hometown team, I like Sidney Crosby.

When I was young, I played baseball through a program called Buddy Baseball. I liked being around other people with disabilities. I also played sled hockey as a teenager. I met people with various disabilities through sports. Massachusetts has ample recreation opportunities available for disabled people. I felt like I belonged while playing sports.  I also took martial arts for several years.

Sports have lifted my spirits during some tough times. When I went to St. Louis for my Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, I watched the postseason series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. I began collecting baseball cards after another operation.

I’ve always enjoyed sports. Sports have been a constant in my life. I am grateful for the memories sports have given me. I’ve formed some wonderful relationships through sports as well.

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