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Spotlight: Jennie Demick

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Sports can often be a helpful tool in a student’s development over time, and for Jennie Demick learning to play volleyball changed her life forever.

Before Demick found her passion for volleyball, she and her sister grew up in foster care.

At the age of seven, Demick was with her third foster family.  A couple adopted her and her biological sister with children of there own.  Although Demick and her sister finally found a home, the transition was not without its challenges.

“In the beginning it was difficult because they missed a part of my childhood,” Demick said.

“ I had a different style growing up so I had to adjust to their way of life and meet them in the middle.”

One thing that was able to help her overcome these difficulties was her participation in different sports, starting in the sixth grade.

“ At first, sports were like an escape. There were many problems growing up in my life and I would go to volleyball or soccer practice upset,” Demick said.

“ Sports became my life, but then I had support from my love ones and the passion grew. Playing a sport helped me become more caring.”

As time went on, the confusion of her life turned into dedication for sports, particularly a love for volleyball.  Jennie recalls that at one of her sister’s volleyball tournaments, a friend on the team gave me the coaches’ number for a college team. She called him and came in for tryouts. From that moment on, she became devoted to her practices and soon found a family in not only her adoptive parents and sister, but also in her teammates.

Demick refers to her teammates as a family that supports each other on a daily basis.

“If we see one person go down, we help each other,” Demick said.

Volleyball was her main focus, but she also found comfort in figure skating. She helps college students with disabilities because she wants to assistance those in need.

Every situation is different. I honestly have to say sometimes the worse has to come before it becomes good,” Demick said.

“I can remember crying all the time and something good would happen, but life is full of obstacles. This is why we have friends and family there for us.”

 

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Spotlight: Jennie Demick