An athlete can be a participant in sports. An athlete can be someone who possesses athletic ability. To me, an athlete is more than these two things. An athlete is someone who devotes the time and energy required in order for them to reach their full potential as an athlete. An athlete not only has athletic ability but also has the mental ability to maximize their athletic potential. An athlete is more than a collection of muscles that work hard. An athlete consists of a mind and a spirit that reside inside a body and all three work together to reach the full potential of that body. Athletes think. Athletes feel. Athletes sweat. Athletes perform. Anyone can wear a uniform or have their name on a roster. Some may even jump high or run fast. Only those who are intentional and proactive about reaching their full potential will truly become athletes.