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“When” for Female Athletes Only


(for Female Athletes)

When you can keep your focus when all about youWHEN-for-female-athletes-elite-basketball-clinic
Are losing their minds and yelling at you,
When you can trust yourself when others doubt you,
But use their doubting to take your game to a higher level;

When you can spend time on the bench and not allow yourself to lose your edge while waiting your turn,
Or being gossiped about, don’t deal in team gossip,
Or being envied, don’t give way to jealousy,
And yet don’t over-promote your play, nor puff yourself up too much;

When you can dream – and not make dreams-without-work your master,
When you can think under pressure – and not forget to take action when the pressure is high,
When you can deal with Winning and Losing
And treat those two impostors just the same;

When you can bear to see the effort you put forth
Mocked by the jealous to make a trap for the weak-minded,
Or watch the season you gave your life to, lost,
And get back up and build yourself up with more drills & practice;

When you can take all of your goals
And risk them on one more shot, one more push, one more try,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe an excuse about your loss,
Or win, and start again at your beginnings
And not lust to take credit for the success;

When you can force your heart and nerve and mind
To keep you moving forward even when you feel you’re fully exhausted,
And so continue trying to get better when there is nothing in you
Except the Will in you which says to you: ‘I can do it!’

When you can talk with fans and stay humble,
Or play on a great team – and not stop being a giving teammate,
When neither foes nor fans nor disrespectful media can limit your desire,
When your teammates believe in you, but none too much,
When you can fill your unforgiving opportunities
With non-stop effort & belief,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – in the end – you’ll be a Winner, my Sister!


This poem is dedicated to all female athletes who put in the sweat and
drop the tears in pursuit of becoming their best.
Compliments of the with thanks to Rudyard Kipling’s ‘IF’

©2016 Darryl L. Mobley. All rights reserved.


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