Giavonna Sabatini Interview by Sierra Zaccagnino Nomination by Gabriella Sabatini Pennsylvania Issue 15
The Nomination: Giavonna Sabatini is inspiring because of all the activities she does. She plays lacrosse, diving, and track all in one season. She doesn’t get home until late and she still does all her honors homework. Also, she has time for volunteering at many different places and tutors kindergarteners too! With all this, she manages to keep a job on the weekends at CVS.
What sports do you play and how did you become interested in playing so many? I play many sports, but my main sports are Track, Lacrosse, and Diving. I’ve been interested in running since elementary school and have gone to junior Olympics. Lacrosse I started in middle school and I’m currently on a club team named T3! Diving I got into recently and I got into because of my injury. Freshman year I was in a snowboarding accident and I had a concussion and needed knee surgery to reconstruct my knee because I tore so many things. I couldn’t do sports for a year, so I was a manager for the swim team, and the coach convinced to come out for the team. I’m so glad he did.
How do you manage playing multiple sports in one season? It was hard to manage at first, but I have a half hour to an hour break in between track and diving so it’s a nice break. Those are every day during the week then I usually have invitationals for track once a month on Saturday. Lacrosse is usually on Sundays. When two meets clash, I talk to my coaches and then decide which one is more crucial. How do you balance all your extra-curricular and athletic activities with your school work? It’s a little bit of a process. You have to have a calendar with ALL of your events. Then you see how long you’ll be at each place. For mandatory informational meetings, I usually take my science because it doesn't require as much attention as math or English would. In between sports practice I do math, and on my ride home I do English.
What have you learned about yourself through athletics? I learned how much I could trust myself. After my injury, I realized how much of my life I dedicated to sports and it left me feeling very upset without any physical activity. Even though I wanted to push through the injury, I knew I had to trust myself with how much was too much. It helped me make so many of my best friends and keep me happy. Whenever I’m feeling a bad emotion, I get to the start line or board, and all my emotions melt away and I’m left feeling excited.
Tell me about some of the volunteer work you have done. I do tons of work such as volunteering at the Langhorne rehabilitation center where I play games with Joanne Hanson. I’ve volunteered extensively at the Churchville nature center giving tours of the butterfly house. One of my favorites is when I went to Sleepy Hallow and I supervised Urban Promise Trenton kids and donated gloves, hats, jacket, and baked cookies!! Next month, I am caroling at another Rehabilitation center. Furthermore, I always volunteer my Wednesdays at Wrightstown Elementary School for the kindergarten class I help tutor!
What are your plans after high school? In the future, I hope to get into the Air Force Academy and study Biomedical Engineering! If not, I’d love any military academy or military college!
Giavonna was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.