Seniors and Sports

May 27, 2021

Athleticism is something that I’ve always appreciated growing up. Since I was as young as I can remember, I’ve always had boundless energy and loved everything that sports blessed me with. I started as a gymnast when I was in kindergarten and quickly fell in love with the sport. I competed for many years as a child and the experience allowed me to become a coach as an adult and give back to younger generations. Between gymnastics, I also truly love to dance. My favorite genres were hip-hop, jazz, and ballet, which really helped me when I became a cheerleader. In high school, I cheered for two competitive seasons and for three years in college!

Being active kept me focused on school and in shape, but also taught me the value of perseverance, humility, goal setting, putting in the practice, teamwork, and working to better oneself from self motivation. These lessons were hard ingrained in me by my coaches and they have shaped me into the woman I am today. 

As a senior photographer, one of my favorite connections to make with clients are ones who are passionate about their favorite sports. One of my favorite clients and ambassadors, Amber, told me she found her passion in wrestling at a young age watching matches on TV with her family and practicing with siblings. Amber wrestled all of her life and competed heavily. She has won quite the number of titles and was even offered multiple college scholarships. Amber graduates with the class of 2021 and will be heading off for the National Guard in June. Can you believe she has also been training for professional wrestling?! 

Her drive, strength, and passion shine through her confidence and will take her to new heights as this new chapter of her life unfolds. 

Sports really do playing impact on our lives as kids and really play a role in how we view life as adults. What kind of sports did you play growing up? 

Lauren Gray

Wild Fyre Co. | Kansas City, MO