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In My Own Words: Notre Dame’s Olivia Smith counts blessings

Notre Dame senior Olivia Smith counts her blessings while thanking her teammates, coaches and community.

*Olivia was a key player for the Titans’ district title-winning basketball team this past winter and, possibly, the team’s best defensive player. She’s also helped Notre Dame win three consecutive district titles on the hardwood. Olivia also helped the Titans’ softball program reach a regional semifinal last spring.

Notre Dame’s Olivia Smith reacts to her team’s regional semifinal 36-30 win over Peebles on Feb. 27, 2020.
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I have been blessed to be able to play sports and go to the best school. I want to take this opportunity to thank some of the people who have truly made these four years special.

To my coaches, thank you for believing in me from the start and seeing my potential when I couldn’t. Thank you for pushing me past my limits when it didn’t seem possible in my eyes. I know not only myself, but every player that has come through Notre Dame, has seen how far you will go to bring out the best in us. It does not go unnoticed. The programs built for this school would not be possible without all the time, effort, and behind the scenes work you guys put in. I can’t thank all of you enough for the growth I have experienced in my years at Notre Dame.

To my teammates, we have spent so much time together. We have had our highs and our lows, but we always work together and have the same goal at heart. I know at some point, it may not have been the most fun or, at other times, we maybe even had too much fun. I am so glad I was lucky enough to have such amazing teams to play with, to laugh with, to make memories with, and to make history with!

To the Notre Dame community, the support we have received from not only parents, but from just members of the community, is amazing. It made playing sports much more fun. The love I have received is unmatchable and I am so thankful for getting to know every single person through my years at Notre Dame.

Thank you for giving me the best four years! I am so grateful to be a part of the Notre Dame family!

Olivia Smith, Notre Dame senior

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