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Q&A with Haven’s Sadie Estil – Athlete Spotlight – Presented by The Medicine Shoppe

Haven athlete Sadie Estil spoke with VYPE in a recent interview.

VYPE: What are your personal goals for the year?

I have two personal goals that I have been trying to focus on this year. After my ACL tear in summer ball, my athletics have been taken away. So, my first goal was to learn how to outlet and control emotions without the use of sports. I used to paint and make string bracelets, so I have started those hobbies up again. Also I have been doing more with my choir and theater programs at Haven! My second goal this year is to be a role model in almost everything I do. I have been a positive leader in sports, but learning to focus on staying positive in life rather than just in sports has been a big step for me. I want to be a role model and leader to others so that I can show people it is okay to struggle; just like I have been after two knee injuries. I want others to know they are not alone.

VYPE: What is your favorite athletic memory?

My most recent favorite memory from basketball was actually this year. Our team was on the way to a jamboree in Clearwater. Coach Cooprider was driving the van I was in, and Coach Roper and Coach Thompson were in the other. Cooprider, or Coopey as we call her, was telling us a story about how she drove the van a couple years before “our time” and she did not have her lights on. It was so funny because the other coaches made fun of her a lot. Then I look down after she tells us and see one of my teammates was calling from the other van. They then told me to tell Coopey to turn her van lights on. I told her, and after she turned them on, everyone in the van busted up laughing. She then proceeded to tell us, “I am used to the automatic lights!” to which we laughed even harder at.

VYPE: What teammate has left the biggest impression on you and why?

The teammate that has left the biggest impression on me was my sister. I only had one season with her; my freshman year and her senior year. She taught me how to have confidence in what I do, and play up to my potential. Whenever I know I am slacking I think of the car rides home from practice we would have. All the pep talks and just reviews of practice through her eyes was inspiring. Overall she taught me how to be a leader on my team, but lead by example and positivity, not the other way around.

VYPE: What is your favorite part of being on this team?

My favorite part of being on the Haven team is just having the ability to connect to those I play with. I am very blessed to have the team and coaches that I do. At a big school you might not see your teammates all day, but at Haven you see them everytime you walk to another class. You see your teammates and what they are doing in the hallways everyday. That also helps us hold each other accountable outside of sports. That way we can be the best we can be.

VYPE: Do you participate in any community service projects?

I participate in Rise Up Reno which is a club out of the Reno county area. We promote not using drugs or alcohol and do so by having fun events throughout the year for the surrounding communities to participate in. Just recently we were at the Eagle Radio Station in Hutchinson and held a Halloween event that had games kids could play for candy. My friend and I dressed as a dinosaur inflatable and an alien one. It was a very fun community event!

VYPE: What clubs or campus groups are you involved with and why?

I am currently involved in the Rise Up Reno club, I am the KAYs club president, and I am a student body representative. Also I am involved in the auditioned Wildcat Singers choir and the Theater Cats program. I am involved in the clubs because I love to help others. Our clubs help represent the school in our community, and advocate for our student’s voices. We create fun events throughout the year in our community and school which helps get everyone involved. I joined the choir and theater programs because I believe fine arts programs should be supported. Plus I love music and acting. 

VYPE: What has your sport taught you that you use in your daily life?

I have learned, from basketball, how to work hard to get what I want and need in life. Things do not just get handed to you in “real life” and basketball really reflects that. My team could be down by 20 points at half time, but if we work really hard we could win by 20. Having that mentality in life has helped me work through so many things. My parents always told me when I complained about something, “Suck it up buttercup!” That push helped me learn to work hard and earn the things I have.

VYPE: What is the best advice that anyone has given you?

My travel basketball coach always gave the best advice. Brad Malm was the best coach any team could have. One thing he always said was, “Control what you can control.” Whether that was on the court or off the court I always kept that in mind. I couldn’t control how my teammates played, but I could control how I supported them. I couldn’t control tearing my ACL, but I can control how hard I rehab to come back to the sport I love.

VYPE: Who inspires you and why?

I am always inspired by Ava Jones. Even before her family’s accident she was a wonderful person. Ava and my sister always chatted on the court, and they were really good friends. That has not changed a bit. After her accident Ava fought for everything she had. She had many surgeries to be able to play basketball again. She fought with her mom to keep her family together. She inspired me so much because of what she can do. I think about how insignificant my injury is to hers, and that helps me continue to push. I could not thank her enough with how amazing she truly is.

VYPE: Here is your chance to give a shoutout or say thank you to anyone you wish:

I just want to say a quick thank you to a few people:

First I would like to thank God. He has provided so much for my family and I. I will praise and give thanks to him until I am dancing in Heaven. That will never change.

Next a thank you to my high school coaches Coach Roper, Coach Cooprider, and Coach Thompson. You have always supported me through thick and thin, and I will appreciate that for the rest of my life. Also, a thank you to my Haven friends and teammates. We have grown so much together. I could never forget you guys.

A BIG thank you to my travel basketball coaches and team. Coach Brad and Coach Lacey you did so much for me, whether it was to prepare me for the future or support me through the present. To my teammates on that team, I love you all. I know so many of you will do amazing things in the future. I would not be as much of a jokester as I am today because of you guys.

Lastly, a thank you to my family; my mom, dad and sister. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you guys. You couldn’t understand how much I love you.

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