The auditorium was packed with female high school athletes, who took time from their busy fall sports schedules-- soccer, field hockey, tennis, and more-- to take part in such a discussion.
Teeple spoke about battling through adversity to achieve her athletic and academic dreams, from parents who battled addiction and weren't there for her, to a rare medical condition that required multiples surgeries annually, to being bullied and underestimated. Her perseverance and fortitude, however, led to great success as an athlete in field hockey and softball, in college at Ball State after being unrecruited in high school, and through a coaching career that exceeded two decades, and which she boldly left behind to start her apparel line and public speaking career.
"The three words that matter most to me," Teeple said, "are grit, grace, and gratitude."
Students were invited to the front for fun question-and-answer sessions, and were provided T-shirts for participation. Much of the focus of the discussion and exercises focused not on physical athleticism, but the mental aspect.
"Part of grit," Teeple explained, "is having the courage to say that you're not OK."