A FAMILY TRADITION
Written by Maeve Koscielski
I grew up in a household where sports were played constantly. My siblings and I began to play sports as soon as we were able to run around. We all participated in The Catholic Youth Organization sports for our grade school, Immaculate Heart of Mary. My parents both played division I college tennis; my mom played at Miami of Ohio and my dad played at University of Texas and later on played professionally.
I began to start taking tennis the most serious by the time I was in 5th grade. I began to practice tennis most days of the week and travelled to tennis tournaments with my sisters and parents. I remember waking up before school to work out and practice with my sisters and Dad. I was lucky enough to have parents that understood the sport and what it took to become a college athlete. My parents made a ton of sacrifices for my siblings and I to play tennis and I am forever grateful for that. They would give up weekends at home to take us to tournaments, spend money on lessons and travel, and my dad would take time during his busy work schedule to work with us on court.
My sisters, Grace, Claire and I all went to and played for Cathedral high school. By freshman year of high school, I decided Notre Dame was my dream school. I knew I would need to improve a lot to play for them in such a tough conference. My sophomore year I made a tough decision to do a semester of online school so I could train harder. I missed the social aspect of school like seeing my friends everyday but I knew this would benefit my tennis greatly and put me in a better position to play at Notre Dame. I chose to go back to Cathedral the Spring of my sophomore year and play high school tennis with my sisters.