Griffith resident Jamie Rex strives to make her family proud through each of her accomplishments. A softball player since 5, Rex credits her sports success to her father.
“My Dad, being my coach since I was little, has always said ‘You’re only as good as your last game.’ I always take this to heart because its 100 percent true,” Rex said.
“If you make a mistake on the field, you can strive to be better the next game. It just always has an effect on me, and I can apply it to multiple situations throughout my life.”
Rex was chosen to play teams from around the world during the Striking Italy Arezzo 2013 Tournament in August, and ranked ninth overall out of more than 100 players with a batting average of .639 throughout the tournament.
“My team played Holland, Porta Montara, Czech Republic, United States and an Arezzo-based team in Italy. The biggest competition, I think, was the United States,” she said.
“It was absolutely amazing, indescribable almost. I would have never thought I would have been granted that opportunity.”
“I struggled a lot with offense throughout my entire softball career and finishing like that felt truly amazing.”
Rex began studying meteorology and French at Valparaiso University this year and is a member of the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept softball team. She plans to continue her studies to earn a doctorate in meteorology.
“I have been really interested in weather since I was a little girl. I think it’s amazing that the atmosphere does what it does and how it does it,” she said.