Participating in an after-school sport can often be difficult, but it also comes with numerous benefits. You learn how to work as a team, how to manage your time, and how to take criticism so that it will benefit you. For some, working as a team may be difficult, but that’s the beauty of sports: you have ten or more brothers and sisters who are in the same boat as you. Everyone struggles whether that struggle is homework, something at home, or another issue completely. It does not matter. You’re all in it together. You learn together, practice together, and basically live together. As a team you experience highs and lows, but you have your teammates you can count on. Some days you may sit the bench; other days you may play varsity. Either way, you support your team with a joyful heart.