I thank God for the many years that I have been given to compete and train for sport. Sports have always given me a space to challenge myself while competing against others. I have had the great fortune to be apart of championship teams. It is such an awesome feeling when the many hours dedicated to camps, practices, and the weightroom result in being recognized as the top team. However, that recognition does not compare to the satisfaction of chasing the eternal crown.
I have never had a stronger sense of purpose nor experienced such clarity of vision than when I have been dedicated to improving my relationship with God. Therefore, I ultimately used sport to reveal my weaknesses so that I can improve my life. Today, sport provides me with an opportunity to pursue a new goal.
Noncommunicable diseases—which are linked to lifestyle choices—killed approximately 1,349,760 United States citizens in 2001. Since that time, the mortality rate decreased by about 9,936 people per year. That decline is not enough, but I believe a new approach to health care can drastically reduce the mortality rate.