When students become seniors in high school, many have the daunting task to finalize plans for after high school. On Thursday, Oct. 15, at Sunray High School, Cayman Ivins did just that. She made the commitment to play softball at Sul Ross State University.
Ivins said she has talked with a few different colleges before deciding on Sul Ross. It was the Sul Ross coach that gave her the final push to make the commitment to further her education and pursue her goals.
"When I met the Sul Ross coach he said, 'Where do you want to play?' I said anywhere that will take me," Ivins said. "… he just talked to me about how much that hit him because all he ever wanted, when he was a kid, was a chance. And so he wanted to give me that chance. All my other coaches have always said I have a way of making an opportunity for myself. I just felt like it was the right place."
There also appeared to be a sort of divine intervention in the decision.
"I later found out both of my grandpas had been given offers to play sports at Sul Ross, but weren't able to take it because of money or family problems," she said. "From then I knew it was God's plan that's where I was supposed to be."
Ivins has decided to be an occupational therapist. Ivins will study kinesiology, and then be able to transfer to any occupational school in Texas. Upon graduation, she plans to return home to Sunray to begin her career.
"After college, I'm coming back home. I've always loved Sunray," she said. "It's where my heart's at."
Currently, Ivins participates in Powerlifting and basketball this year in addition to softball at SHS. She knows college is a big step and it will be different. She is going to feel her way through to decide what other activities or sports to get involved with.
"I may see how it goes," she said. "I really, really love weightlifting. … I know they have Crossfit over at Sul Ross, so I may get into that."
She is patiently waiting to move on to college life, but for now, she is enjoying her senior year and continues to make those lasting high school memories. Ivins was surrounded by her parents, friends and several coaches on Thursday to witness her commitment and wish her well.