Alyssa Martinez – New Mexico Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Athena Martinez Photography by Anchored Memory Photography Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Alyssa Martinez is a multi-sport athlete. She has been on Varsity since her freshman year and she plays Volleyball, Basketball, and Tennis at Capital high school. She works hard on the court and equally as hard off the court. She is an honor student and is there for her teammates and classmates on and off the court and classroom. She is the true definition of STUDENT-ATHLETE. One of her goals is to be 2020 athlete of the year and if she accomplishes that goal, we believe it may be the first father daughter name on the gym wall for 1996 (her father) and 2020 athlete of the year. We can’t wait to see her enjoy this school year and to see what the future holds for Alyssa.
How did you become a multi-sport athlete? I became a multi-sport athlete by gaining interest in basketball and being curious about other sports afterwards. I also enjoy playing several sports because it keeps me busy and is a great way to take my mind off everything and I feel like I can always be myself around teammates. I built many special friendships through playing sports and I appreciate them for all they do. I also like the different dynamics and strategies each sport offers.
How have sports been a big part of your life and of who you are today? Sports have been a big part of my life because I've learned so much about who I am through each sport I play as well as learning life lessons. The support I get from my Jaguar family means a lot and gives me the motivation to push through anything. Playing sports has made me into a helpful, passionate, hardworking, and confident leader with so many great memories on the court and in the classroom. I have had so many great experiences and talks as well that have helped me thanks to my family, teammates, and coaches. I know I will have lifelong friends with the relationships I have built over the years with my teammates.
Why do you think you are a good role model for younger kids? I think I am a good role model for younger kids because I manage my time well and I've learned that it is important to be a good student athlete. I've played three sports throughout high school while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average. I have also done volleyball and tennis camps with younger kids, and my favorite part about it is helping them learn the sport and skills needed to improve. I also have invited them to games to see me play and to show them how to have a good attitude, be a team player, and give hundred percent all the time.
If you could only pick one sport to play for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? It would be basketball. I've been playing since the third grade and it is my favorite sport. Basketball has been a big part of my life and I have so much fun playing it. In the future I could see myself teaching younger kids how to play it as well, just how I learned. I enjoy basketball because it involves communication, many strategies, quick decisions, and it tests your physical and mental toughness.
If you never tried playing volleyball, basketball or tennis, what other sports do you think you would have tried and why? I think I would have tried playing soccer and softball. Sports is a good way to keep kids active and busy while having fun at the same time. I would make an effort to try each sport a few times until I found a few that fit best for me to not just play but learn skills for life as well.
Alyssa will be featured in Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!