Wesley softball rising junior Samantha Burns is a physical therapy major with a fondness for the city of Boston and the Red Sox. Burns put together another strong campaign this spring for the Wolverines, batting .385 with 39 runs scored, 18 stolen bases, and 13 RBIs. INTRODUCING … Samantha Burns.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I have played softball since I was just seven years old. I started playing at the Camden Little League until I started playing in travel ball when I was 12. I played in high school for Polytech High School with coach and travel ball for the Severna Park Green Hornets.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
I am studying physical therapy at Wesley College. The most important thing that i have learned in this major is that all the practice you can get will make you better. I had an internship in high school and knowing the things that I have learned from there has helped me with my studies immensely.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the athletic training room because anytime I am hurting or sore, they always make me feel better and put a smile on my face.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
My favorite place to visit is the city of Boston. It is one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever been in. The city itself just has so much culture in it and makes me want to learn.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
I like to help with Special Olympics as often as I can. The athletes give so much to participate in a sport, and show so much joy from playing, that it inspires me to want to be a better athlete. Helping in Special Olympics is always a fun and enjoyable time. I would recommend being a member of the cheering audience to anyone who loves sports.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
I have two very memorable experiences during my collegiate career. The night the Coach Greep (my head coach at Wesley College) called me to tell me that I had made the all-conference team. Seeing her name on my phone, I expected that I had left my glove at practice, but when she told me that I had made the second team all-conference for being a utility player, I bursted into tears with happiness. It was the first time that I had received any sort of conference award. I was so happy that I couldn't even hold in my tears.
My second memory was hitting live off of our best pitcher at practice. We were hitting live so that we would be better prepared for a good pitcher on another team. As a slapper, I rarely get the ball out of the outfield. But my coach had told me to “Just swing away, have some fun with it!” and so nervously I went into the batters box and as the pitch came I hot the perfect spot of the ball and watched as to soared over the right field fence. It was my first every homerun in my life. So of course, I cried and could not seem to make myself stop. I was crying and laughing all at the same time and my coach told me to make it a true home run, so I ran around every base.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
My travel ball coach for my junior and senior year of high school was by far the most influential person on my life. Joining his top notch team I was so nervous that I could never seem to perform well. But somehow he saw something in me and pushed me until I finally couldn't help but play well. He showed me how to be a great player and how to graciously except that sometimes, teams are just better than yours. He changed my personality as a player for the better.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
If I could change any one item in the world I would want to change peoples’ perception of Division III athletics. When I transferred from a Division I school in the Northeast, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the teams in the CAC conference. But I can tell anyone that division number means nothing except money. The team that I play for makes me work harder than I ever have in my entire life. We practice and play harder than any team I have ever played on, as well as the rest of the teams in our conference. People have the perception that since it is division three that the sports are not as serious or play as hard as schools in division one or two, but they would be sadly mistaken if they entered into a practice of the Wesley College softball team.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
My favorite form of entertainment is watching a live sports game. Whether it be a live professional Red Sox playing the Yankees baseball game or watching a youth soccer game, being a part of an audience, cheering for one team, its all so exhilarating and exciting.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
Don’t let people to tease you, pick on you , or bring you down. You will grow into your large teeth and a bad haircut only lasts for little while, it will grow again. And if they do pick on you, make them eat their words and show them when you are really made of later. Believe me, your time will come, I promise.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
The Boston Red Sox are by far my favorite team (outside of my own of course). They just always seem to play with such heart and love for their game. The Red Sox fans are truly a family in themselves. So much love and faith in one team by so many people, one cant help but love the team so much.