"I am brave, strong and talented. But I am still just a kid. I am not perfect. I am a work in progress. I need you to be patient while I test the limits of my body and work through the emotions that come with success and failure. When I make a mistake, I wonder if you'll be disappointed. When I reach my goal, I look to see if you are watching. I am a youth athlete. I love my sport. Some adults call it competition. I call it a game. I want to have fun. I am a youth athlete. I am YOUR youth athlete. Winning feels great, but your praise feels infinitely better. Please remember these things, and I promise to do my best to make you proud."