Every week we highlight a player not only for their achievements on the court, but off the court as well. Our new Player of the Week is no stranger to the wallball community, however because of her competitive nature most would probably be surprised to know that she is also a serious student who maintains an A+ average in college while raising 2 young children at the young age of 22. Not to mention she was one half of the 2016 Red Bull Slaps open doubles champion team. Congratulations are in order and long overdue for our new Player of the Week – Christina Torres!
- What motivated you to always do well in school?
When I was in high school my mom pushed me and said they only way I am leaving the house is when I bring that diploma home. Then when I went to college I also had her support, but also the support from my husband who never let me slack with my education and always encouraged me to do better even if I did great. Now, my two children are my strongest form of motivation.
- How has wallball (handball) helped you to achieve personally and academically?
Wallball has helped me physically, emotionally, socially AND mentally .
Wallball has helped me physically due to gaining weight after my pregnancies and being able to play a sport I love and also exercise and go back to shape and maintain a healthy weight. Why pay for a gym membership when you have all the exercise you need at the playground with just a ball and a wall? With regard to professionalism, having deadlines to sign up to a tournament and checking in is all part of time management. It also helps me to practice these responsibilities and maintain my composure because these things do happen in the work place except you don’t risk getting disqualified, you risk getting fired. Socially and emotionally it allows me to get to know different races of people, different age groups and religious people who have their own life and mind set on life. We all share ideas and beliefs on the court without judgement so it’s a great place to connect with people. I think everyone who plays wallball can say “I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t play ball.” For a lot of us who live in New York you could say it’s almost a life saver.
- Who is your biggest inspiration today? Motivating factor?
My biggest inspiration today is my children. My children motivate me to do better not only for me but definitely for them. Their future lies in my hands.
- What do you aspire to be and how is the sport going to help you achieve that?
I want to be a registered nurse and later on teach in the school of Allied Health for Nursing Students so I can educate and share my experience with others.
- What would you like to see in the future generation of players?
I hope to see more educated individuals in the new generation. We are doing so well with telling kids to stay and focused on school or you aren’t allowed to participate in junior tournaments. A lot of the players today have poor education but love wallball which is what makes this such a great tool to inspire them to take education seriously. I want the kids to know wallball will always be there to help motivate them and keep them off the streets but education should always come first!