08 Feb 2023 Sarah Hartle – Rose Bud (501 Basketball Team 2023)
Basketball is known for teaching life lessons. For Rose Bud senior guard Sarah Hartle, the game has taught her to cherish the journey and value the sacrifice.
“After COVID-19, a lot of our players didn’t come back to play,” Hartle said. “This year, when only five girls signed up for the team, our coach moved our ninth graders up. They sacrificed their final season of junior high to give us a chance to have a team, and that has inspired me to become a better leader on and off the court.”
On a quest to rebuild the program and return its competitiveness, Hartle understands that the greatest leaders grow not only themselves, but also those around them.
“Sarah is always looking for ways to help the team,” Rose Bud head coach Mary Emily Nash said. “She helps plan team outings, stays after practice to rebound for teammates and holds others accountable. She works hard in the classroom and is always willing to help someone or ask questions when needed.”
In her final season with Rose Bud, Hartle has fully embraced the bigger picture and is dedicated to helping grow the community she calls home for years to come.
“As generous as Sarah is on the court, she is equally as selfless off the court,” Nash said. “She uses her free time to coach a Pee Wee basketball team, is an active member of her church and has volunteered many service hours in our community.”