By Sammie Tse
Throughout the three years that d.tech has been around, we have had different athletic directors. This year, we brought in a new member, Marcus Marshall. I sat down to find out how important he thought health and sports.
Q: How important would you consider health?
Health is an essential part of living. However, sports aren’t necessary. They both go hand in hand.
Q: Why do you think health is essential?
Because it’s associated with a well being and a longer life.
Q: What are some ways to stay healthy besides sports?
Good eating, meditation, exercise, and staying happy.
Q: How often do you meditate and exercise?
Meditate, not that much, but I hope to do it once a day for about 10 minutes. Exercise, 5-6 days a week, 30 minutes to 2 hours, depends on the activity.
Q: How do you maintain your happiness?
Understanding what I want, and keeping the people that make me happy close, but also focusing on me and taking care of myself.
Q: What sports did you play when you were younger, and what do you play now? Do you think it formed you as a person?
I played baseball, football, basketball, golf, and rugby. Playing sports builds character, and teaches skills such as teamwork and being a leader. It made me determined to learn on my own, and I made a lot of my close friends through sports.
Q: If you never played sports, do you think you would be different?
I think I would be fine, but my qualities wouldn’t be as developed. I don’t think I would have the same amount of motivation as I do now, and I would be influenced differently.
Q: What was your favorite memory as a kid playing sports?
Being able to practice with my friends, and all those team dinners and games.
Q: What was a moment that stuck with you that wasn’t so pleasant? Were you able to learn any lessons from that memory?
Losing the little big game [football] my senior year by one point. I was upset, but I was able to learn to accept defeat. It was my fault for losing, so I had to take ownership of my mistake, and couldn’t blame anyone else besides myself.