Our August Athletes of the Month started off our 2022-2023 fall sports season with the determination and commitment that creates success. Exemplifying the PRA Way (Prepared, Respectful, and Accountable), they are leading their teams in a variety of ways. Read more about each one of our Athletes of the Month in this set of features.
For Addison Kozub being a member of the cheer team has brought community and opportunities to challenge herself. Her first year on the varsity squad has provided opportunities for her to grow as an athlete and to enlarge her circle as the team works together to improve for competition.
“The thing I like most about my team is how close everyone is,” Kozub said. “Everyone is a family and we can talk to each other about anything in our lives. We have fun together and I can’t wait to make more memories.”
Kozub said her goal for this season is to make it to the nationals. Personally she wants to try her best throughout the year as the team works towards competitions. If her first game was any indication, Kozub is on the right track.
“Halftime of the varsity football team at North Stadium was my first time cheering for varsity cheer and we did a pyramid that we learned during camp. I was proud that I hit my skills that night and hit my pyramid,” she said.
Cheer has taught her perseverance as she works to learn and execute new skills.
“I didn’t know how to do many things when I joined the team so I have been trying my best,” Kozub said. “I have been accomplishing my goal of hitting elite stunts and fitting into a varsity team.”
Coach Nicolette Griffith said Kozub’s determination and dedication to the team shows her passion for the sport and was one reason she was chosen as the August Athlete of the Month.
“Addie came to us from the middle school cheer team and has been pushing for new skills and different ways to do them,” Griffith said. “She comes to practice with a smile on her face and a willingness to work everyday. She likes to keep practices and games light-hearted and encourages her teammates to do the same.”Coach Nicolette Griffith