Kiley Bridgmon – South Carolina Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination by Amanda Bridgmon Photography by Linda Bridgmon & Lorie Breland Issue 24 - Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Kiley is an upcoming Senior athlete this year. She has the biggest heart and passion for others. She has a 4.741 GPA. She won All Region in softball this past year. Her future goals are to play softball for a college while studying physical therapy.
Image by Linda Bridgmon
What obstacles have you had to overcome while playing softball? One of the main obstacles I have had to overcome playing softball is confidence. If you don’t step out onto the field every single game with the right attitude and mind set, things will never go your way. You have to believe that you are the BEST girl that ever stepped up to the plate or played that position. No, it’s not being arrogant and thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s confidence!
What kind of training, and time did it take to win All Region in softball this past year? Softball is definitely a job. You put in the work at practice to be the best possible player you can be. It takes dedication. For me it meant staying after practice to work on the things that didn’t necessarily work that day AT practice. For example, if we hit during practice and I didn’t hit all that great, then I would stay after and fix my swing.
What position do you play for softball? I mostly play center field, but I have played every position at least once.
Image by Linda Bridgmon
With your love for children, how do you use that love in your everyday life? I am not known for showing too many emotions in person, however, when it comes to children, I have a soft spot. This past year I mentored a kindergarten class and absolutely fell in love with every single child in that room. I try and look at everyone as I looked at those children and have the same compassion that I would for them.
Tell me a little bit about what you do at home in order to maintain a 4.741 GPA. To maintain a 4.741 GPA may sound like I do a lot of work at home, but I won’t lie and say that I do. I mostly try and absorb all that I can inside the classroom and then will just go over the material again when I get home.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? The only reason I am where I am today is because of God. He has given me every opportunity and every experience I’ve ever been a part of. I would tell someone to trust in Him and love others as He loves us.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? I see myself graduating from Physical Therapy school and about to start my new job as a PT.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I feel like I inspire others to work hard. Without hard work and dedication, you will never be able to succeed in anything that you do. Who do you find inspiring? I find Jenny Finch inspiring. Not only was she an Olympic Softball player but she is also an incredible person in general.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? Sometimes it gets very difficult to keep everything straight at times. It may sound a little crazy, but I put everything that I have to do for the month on my calendar that hangs on my wall. I’ve become so much more responsible using it!
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? I LOVE to deer hunt with my dad! Every weekend we run dogs in Bamberg and I have the best time. Not only do I get to do what I love but I get to spend quality time with my dad.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I can actually sing and do very often at my church, Friendship Baptist!
Pizza or Tacos? Soda or Water? Cats or Dogs? Tacos, Soda & Dogs!
3 Things on your bucket list I want to deer hunt in Canada, Parasail, and go to Hawaii.
Kiley will be featured in Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!