Steffi Sorensen: Determination to BELIEVE in YOURSELF

Steffi Sorensen: Determination to BELIEVE in YOURSELF

By Richmond Weaver

Steffi is recovering from her 3rd shoulder surgeryHer parents knew immediately that she had a different drive and determination at an early ageShe's always looked up to her older brother and would always want to compete with and against himHer dad and uncle founded Firehouse SubsShe loved tennis more at an earlier age but an injury stopped her from pursuing tennis and shifted her focus to basketballEarned Miss Florida Basketball in 2006 but wasn't heavily recruited and her dream was to play at the University of FloridaSigned with Florida Gulf Coast out of high school and the team lost in the national championship game finishing with a 34-1 recordShe decided to transfer to be closer to home and enrolled at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL because she didn't want to sit out and her brother played thereEntered Florida as a preferred walk-on but wasn't given any special treatment and would eventually be named team captain her senior seasonThe cornerstone of her family is her mother and it was a significant challenge for the entire family when her mom was placed in the ICU for 54 days due to Guillain–Barré syndromeWhile her mom was sick and when her brother suffered a head injury, she realized that she was built to be the family stabilizerShe never intended to get into broadcasting but an unexpected phone call led to being hired by ESPN to call 13 games, so she was quickly thrown into the fireEventually would like to look at the more creative side of TV with producing and directingWords of Wisdom from Steffi based on the TED Talk that she would like to give one day: "The self-preservation of believing in yourself."

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