MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Senior captain Carolyn Galizia is in her third year on the Mahopac softball team. She earned All-League last season.
Galizia also used to play basketball and soccer.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
I have been trying to stay active, whether it’s going on bike rides or doing some at home workouts. I have also been watching a lot of TV, spending time with family, and talking to my friends on the phone.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I am No. 2. Growing up, I was always given jersey No. 2, so that just stuck with me and I consider it to be lucky.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Mahopac?
My favorite sports memory from Mahopac was the quarterfinals game against Suffern last year. Mahopac Softball hasn’t made it into the semifinals in many years, so coming out with that win was an unforgettable feeling.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role models have been my parents. My dad has been my coach through the years with different sports, and he has pushed me and taught me many lessons.
What life lessons have you learned from sports?
I think a major life lesson I have learned is that you can achieve anything with hard work. Nothing will come easy to you, and I feel this was really shown to me with softball. There are times when it’s tough and you may feel like giving up, but hard work will let you achieve your goals.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I don’t really have any pre-game rituals, but I always have to be wearing my cross on my necklace.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to be able to fly because you are able to travel much farther and much quicker.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I am really into psychology, so I would like to incorporate that in my future career.
What place would you most like to visit?
I would love to visit Hawaii because of the culture and because of how beautiful it looks.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Bliss, because they have a wide variety of food and it’s all really good.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
I’ve recently been on TikTok a lot because it is very entertaining and has a wide variety of videos.
Are you currently binging anything?
Yes, I’ve been watching “Money Heist” on Netflix.
For a young athlete growing up in the Mahopac school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the softball team and why should they go out for it?
Mahopac softball is a wonderful team to be a part of. It is a great way to make lasting friendships and to be a part of a close-knit team. There are so many memories made throughout the years, like double headers with travel softball, and all of the away game bus rides and practices with the high school team. Sports is a great way to get involved with your community, and softball is a great sport to pick.
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