University of Virginia
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Six. It is the number of kids in my family. It is also the number of basketball hoops we have broken during our basement basketball games. Throughout my childhood, my five younger brothers and I have shared extravagant adventures that have helped us to bond as siblings in many ways. With them, I have become both a leader and collaborator, able to confront and solve problems in my family and beyond.
My brothers and I used to spend hours in our basement playing three on three basketball games almost every day. With the score tied 94 to 94 and time about to expire, one of our games was coming down to the wire. Although we were dripping in sweat and looking exhausted, we were thoroughly enjoying every second of the game. My team had possession of the ball, and I stood dribbling it at the top of the key, waiting to make a move.
In a quick burst, I blew past the brother who was guarding me. With eager thoughts of victory in my head, I rose up for a monstrous dunk and slammed the ball through the rim. The two brothers on my team gave a joyous shout of triumph, but as my feet hit the ground, their yells were drowned out by a loud cracking noise. Our sixth basketball hoop plummeted to the ground. I had broken the rim off the backboard....
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