By Bob Huntzberger
Husky Herald Sports Writer
As a kid, I was surrounded by Husky Fans, and I dreamed of one day becoming a future University of Washington athlete.
Having gone to a non-traditional elementary school, Maplewood K-8 (in Edmonds, Washington), I had many opportunities that were comparable to local private schools.
At Maplewood, I played baseball, basketball and soccer year round. I also participated in volleyball, track and cross-country.
Up until eighth grade, I had thought that I was a superb athlete—but what did I know?
Following middle school, I attended Meadowdale, a large public high school in Lynnwood. I played football my freshman year as the second string left guard. I also tried out for the basketball team freshman year, but was cut. My childhood dream to become a future husky athlete was short lived as I never tried out for basketball or played football again.
As an impressionable teenager, I took this loss hard. I remember feeling that I wasn’t good enough, and I never did anything to discourage that feeling of inadequacy. I let the jocks pick on me, because they were superior and I didn’t want any trouble.
In the midst of sulking over my diminished dreams and being picked on by the “real athletes,” I had an experience that opened my eyes. I realized that my dream wasn’t over—there were just other ways of achieving it.
This realization came to me during my junior year of high school, when I went on a tour of the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) campus. I fell in love with it. I guess you could say I was head-over-heels. But in addition to being awed by this beautiful campus, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Does the Bothell branch offer the same student discount for sports tickets as the main campus?”
The answer was yes! So, in the autumn of my senior year of high school, I applied to UWB and only UWB. In the winter of the same year, I found out that I had been accepted.
I came in as the same old discouraged freshman, but over time I was able to open up . Now, as a senior, I have taken advantage of the many opportunities afforded to me. I am currently the president of the men’s Basketball Club, a writer for the Husky Herald, a member of the Dawg Pack, and have also dabbled in Student Life as an orientation leader. Overall, UWB has changed my life; I feel blessed to be where I am today.
I have been able to re-live my faltered dream by playing basketball, being a sports writer, and being one of the loudest Dawg Pack members at each and every Huskies game.
I encourage all of the students to never let your dreams die!