You are an inspiration.

From the NBA to the FIFA World Cup to the world-famous Olympic Games, the industry of sports is filled with an extremely passionate following as well as a deeply rooted history. Throughout the years, sports have evolved from a fun pass time for kids on the street to a grand community of sport and athleticism fanatics. I’ve found the most striking form of entertainment being watching your favorite athletes battle their way through each game before finally seeing them standing on a podium, gold medal in hand, claiming their victory worldwide.  

But does the joy of sports end when our butter popcorn no longer convers the bottom of the bucket and when people rush to be the first out of the parking lot?? Do we forget about the athletes that have carried themselves and their team to the championships after the game is at its end?? Every athlete deserves appreciation for their perseverance and commitment to their team. However, not every athlete has the opportunity to rely on teammates for support whilst they catch their breath.  

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 21: Serena Williams of the United States reacts in her fourth round match against Simona Halep of Romania during day eight of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Here is where the art of tennis makes as grand entrance to the front of the stage and delivers its beautifully rehearsed lines. Tennis is a game of sharp reflex and self-discipline. For the most part it is played alone, leaving you responsible for your win or loss. Born September 26, 1981 in Saginwa, Michigan, Serena Williams revolutionized women’s tennis with her powerful style of play and who won more Grand Slam single titles than any other woman or man during the open era. Although she’s seen as a world-famous athletic figure, Williams stands for much more than just the beautiful sport of tennis. And this is why. 

Being a black female athlete in a male dominated industry is bound to be an obstacle for the growth of one’s career. This however, despite being a threat, did NOT stop Williams from achieving greatness with every win she claimed under her belt. This being also a great opportunity to use her now worldwide platform to spread positive energy and influence to young female athletic prodigies in the making.  

“We’re living in a world and society where people are starting to see differently and starting to understand that we are just as strong and just as smart and just as savvy and just as businesslike as any other male in this world,” Williams states. She’s never shied away from speaking out about the extreme and obvious injustice within our society concerning the division of genders and how they affect our goals and aspirations.  

I find a sense of leadership an extremely empowering light beaming from the likes of Serena Williams. I am extremely grateful that a figure such as herself is widely acknowledged as a huge deciding factor of how one’s career plays out is inspired by our gender. It should absolutely NOT be this way. Thank you, Serena Williams, for standing your ground and staying true to where your from and who you are. You’ve inspired greatness within young atheltes, boy and girl, and have continued to achieve greatness. Now being a mother of two girls and still pushing through a thrilling game of tennis. You are an inspiration. 

2 réflexions au sujet de “You are an inspiration.”

  1. Hi Iman,
    You mentioned that Serena Williams is a black female in a male dominated industry and yet she’s won more Grand Slam single titles than any woman or man in her field. How do you think that she acts as a role model to young people? Do you relate to any of the leadership qualities demonstrated by Williams? If so, which ones?… I’m curious!

  2. Heyy Iman,
    I loved your blog. Not only the relatability of the content but the way this blog was written i could tell how truly inspired you are by Serena. I completely agree that being a female in a male dominant industry is sovery difficult and double standards seem impossible to avoid. That being said, it is clear that those hardships are not only faced my female athletes but females all over the world. My question for you is, as a woman, what adivce would you give you other women or little girls on exceeding in different environments-such as at school, at work etc- when the stereotypes, the male population and frankly sometimes the entire world seem to be against them?

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