Apr 09, 2011
For many athletes, rehabbing from a knee injury is an overwhelming experience. Southmoore senior, Haley Strawn has worked her way back through that difficult landscape twice during her high school athletic career. Those two battles not only made her tough, it also inspired her job choice.
“I want to be a physical therapist or an athletic trainer.” Strawn said. “I want to help people who are going through what I went through.”
Sports has been in Strawn’s DNA for as long as she can remember. She started playing T-Ball in the 2nd grade, but soon made the switch to slow pitch softball. She’s been in love with the game since. Strawn began playing fast pitch her sophomore year in high school. Initially she wasn’t too crazy about the game.
Strawn said, “You don’t get much action in the field in fast pitch. With slow pitch a ball is probably coming at you every single pitch.
But the game grew on her and now she’ll continue her fast pitch career at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas. The Tigers are a nationally-ranked program and Strawn hopes that will give her a chance to play at the next level.
“I want to make good grades and work hard at softball.” Strawn said. “If I do my best I think I can work up to D-1 or D2.”