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Victory is in the Bag

Athletes reveal the contents of their sports bags

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Mohamed Labanieh, Football

What is the most important item in your bag and why?
My cleats because they help me with making sharp cuts by digging into the ground. They also help me with my speed and making tackles.
How will these items help you to achieve your goals for this season?
These items will help us increase the amount of touchdowns we score and tackles we make.
What is required to bring and what do you bring yourself?
We are required to bring our helmet, shoulder pads, girdle or leg pads, a mouthpiece, football pants and cleats. I bring gloves, tape, a towel and a visor separately.
Do you have any equipment that protects you from impact/injury?
In football there is a lot of head to head contact and our helmet protects us from concussions and other head and neck injuries.

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Tianna Rose,Volleyball

What do you carry in your sports bag to games and practices?
I usually carry my shoes, my uniform, an extra practice shirt, knee pads and socks.
How do these things help you to be successful in games?
Specifically the shoes help me to jump higher and the knee pads help me to slide easily on the floor so that I can get the ball.
Do you have any equipment that protects you from impact/injury? How does it protect you from injury?
Yes, I have my knee pads which should help me not get too many bruises when I’m diving for the ball.
Do you have any superstitious items in your bag to help you win?
My scrunchies, definitely my scrunchies. When I wear my scrunchies we usually win and when I wear a normal hair tie we don’t.

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Grace Yin, Tennis

What do you carry in your sports bag to games and practices?
I carry two rackets just in case one breaks, a hat, a towel, sunscreen, water, hair ties and a wristband.
How do these things help you to be successful in games?
My water helps me to stay hydrated in games and the towel wipes my sweat off so that I can get back into the game.
What equipment is unique to your sport and how does it impact your play?
The tennis racquet is unique because you use the racquet to do everything in tennis.
Do you have any equipment that protects you from impact/injury? How does it help to prevent injury?
I have wristbands that help me wipe my sweat and at the same time it prevents me from injuring my wrist.

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Alec Isaacman, Water Polo

What is required to bring and what do you bring yourself?
A plain black speedo and a towel, but I bring our team speedo that we made and my lucky goggles. There’s really not a lot to bring for water polo, just a speedo.
Do you have any equipment that protects you from impact/injury?
We have something called caps and they have little plastic guards that go over your ear so that you don’t get cauliflower ear, which is what boxers get. It’s basically when your ear just gets destroyed if your hit by a ball in the ear.
Do you have any superstitious items in your bag?
I always wear the same pair of goggles for warm ups just as a weird good luck charm.
What is the most important item in your bag?
Our team suit. It’s created by our seniors and it’s a big part of our representation.

 

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