Rush Springs’ Jayden Abbott – Character Counts Presented by Coaches Corner

By Derrick Smith

Athletes compete in sports in order to reach goals and be successful. And Jayden Abbott says that athletics are similar to life.

“All of the lessons have helped me realize that the key to success in softball is really the same as it is in life,” she said. “You have to be committed to the process, even when it isn’t fun. My parents have always told us that discipline is the bridge that takes you from where you are to where you want to be, the journey across the bridge isn’t always smooth but it’s necessary.”

Abbott is a senior at Rush Springs High School. Along with softball, she plays basketball and runs cross country and track. She has had her share of coaches over the years, but Jayden says that her track and basketball coach, Richey Large, was a huge influence on her life.

“He first coached me in the sixth grade,” she said. “I was scared and nervous, mainly because I was just going into junior high. But he saw something in me that I had no clue was there and he helped me to see it.”

While Abbott enjoys sports, she also likes to spend time doing art.

“Mrs. Heilman has taught me how to think outside of the box,” Jayden said. “She shows me something incredible and I feel like it is something that I would never be able to do. But she works to break it down piece by piece. With her showing me how to accomplish big things, whether it’s a paint brush or a softball, I realize that I can accomplish just about anything.”

During any given season, an athlete can deal with adversities of different kinds. But Jayden says when that happens, it is important to continue to work hard.

“There have been seasons of heartache for me, seasons where I had to work harder to get what I wanted, and seasons that just were tough, through those tough seasons it’s important to continue to stay committed, disciplined, and keep a positive attitude. Being successful can never be based on your feelings but instead on your focus.”

When she is not playing or practicing her sports, Abbott is also involved in a variety of clubs at Rush Springs. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and the Art Club.