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People don’t play sports because it’s fun.
Ask any athlete, most of them hate it, but they couldn’t imagine their life without it.
It’s part of them, the love/hate relationship. It’s what they live for.

They live for the practices, parties, cheers, long bus rides, invitationals, countless pairs of shoes, water, Gatorade, and coaches you hate but appreciate.
They live for the way it feels when they beat the other team, and knowing those two extra sprints they ran in practice were worth it.
They live for the way they become a family with their team, they live for the countless songs they sing in their head while training all those hours.
They live for the competition, they live for the friends, the practices, the memories, the pain… it’s who they are.

—  Anon.