THE FAMILY UNIT
Rarely do athletes grow up without the workings of a supportive foundation. Someone who believes in them even when they don't believe in themselves. Someone who is daring them to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals. Misty and Darren FitzGerald are that foundation for their two kids, Cassidy and Colton. Both kids have excelled in their chosen competitive environments and have still remained focused on how their performances impact others. More specifically, the team.
We Are Warpaint could not be more proud to highlight the FitzGerald's impressive family unit for October's Warrior Spotlight.
WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT: THE FAMILY UNIT
WP: How has softball impacted your life?
Cassidy: Softball has given me the opportunity to travel all over the United States. It has also allowed me to grow up on the softball field with some of my best friends, and it's my safe haven when I'm mad, sad or just want to get away. Softball clears my head.
WP: What sport do you enjoy the most and why?
Colton: I enjoy football the most. I like having my Dad as a coach and that he's teaching me how to be a great quarterback.
WP: What is one thing most people don't know about you?
Colton: I was born without a left pectoral muscle.
Cassidy: I used to raise chickens, ducks, rabbits and turkeys when I was younger. I would auction them off at the San Fernando Valley Fair ever summer. I even have a belt buckle for my Grand Champion Turkey that I raised.
WP: What person(s) have impacted your life and why?
Cassidy/Colton: Both of our parents have impacted our lives the most. Our Dad is the strongest person we know. He has showed us how to love someone and how to stick by his or her side. More importantly, he has taught us to never give up or let someone else give up. Our Mom, who is a Breast Cancer Survivor, has taught us to keep fighting and to never give up. She's been an example that there is a reason why we go through bad times in our life and emphasizes that there is always a lesson to be learned from it.
WP: Define in your own words Teammate.
Cassidy: A teammate is someone who gives a 100% all the time and helps others reach their 100% as well.
Colton: A teammate is someone who works together with the team and doesn't try to be an individual.
WP: What is your favorite quote?
Colton: Practice with a Purpose, Play with Passion.
Cassidy: Live, Love, and Laugh a lot!
WP: What song or artist are you currently listening to?
Cassidy: Upside Down by John Jackson
Colton: Can't Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
WP: How have injuries impacted your career and how did you deal with those injuries both physically and mentally?
Cassidy: I had a rough fall season last year. I had sprained both my ankles at different times and I sliced my knee open so bad it needed eight stitches. I was so anxious to get back on the field and play that I kept re-injuring myself. I really had to learn how to be patient and the importance of healing before stepping back on the playing field.
WP: If you could give one piece of advice to a younger player, what would it be?
Colton: My advice would be to never quit and work hard.
Cassidy: My advice would be to play every game like it's your last, because you don't know what tomorrow will bring.