“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
– Arthur Ashe
Harlee is working on being a hero right now. She had her moments during the season, like making a winning pass against Iowa State in a two-point victory. Whatever was necessary, she did … a pass, a steal, a basket, a stop.
Then came a moment in the final game of the season, a big moment, and her knee went out.
It was a crushing injury, for her and the Mountaineers, who were not talented enough to survive their third knee injury loss of the year.
Now she is trying to come back with the same determination she used to win the Arthur Ashe Award.
“I don’t like sitting out at all,” she said. “I have extreme determination to come back. Even today, I’m pushing to do things my trainer hasn’t put on my card yet. My knee will be fine.
“I didn’t get to finish the season the way I wanted to finish it out. It makes me more and more excited for next year to come out and play in my senior year.”
If she needs inspiration, she can look to Ashe, who overcame a pair of heart attacks and who died at 50 from HIV but not until he did so much in the final days, accomplished all he could.
“Success is a journey, not a destination,” he said. “The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
And Harlee is just beginning on her journey.
“I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I have options. I have an internship this summer at Mon General, and I’m thinking of going to grad school for hospital administration. That’s what I’m leaning toward. If not, I’ll probably graduate and find a job in consulting or something else,” she said.
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