Danielle Scott's volleyball career has taken her all over the globe, but it all started in Louisiana. She expressed that gratitude at the state's Sports Hall of Fame.
"This is such a great honor. As some of the other's have expressed, it's never something that you really work for, but it's such an honor to receive this type of recognition when you work so hard in something that you just love to do."
The Baton Rouge native was a multi-sport athlete in high school with basketball, softball, and track, but one endeavor stands out.
"I landed in volleyball I believe because it's a really strong team sport. There are a lot of great team sports, but volleyball, I feel, is the ultimate team sport. Coming from my being so shy growing up, volleyball allowed me to be good within a sport, but not just me, to help others to be good around me, the communication, and how you can be powerful and graceful at the same time."
That grace and power led her to complete in five straight Olympic games which resulted in two silver medals and ended with an induction into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.
"I never imagined that I would play as long as I did. I actually continued to be a part of USA Volleyball through coaching the high performance championships each summer. I always said, if you cut me right now, I would bleed red, white, and blue. I just always figured I am on the team until I'm not on the team. With a lot of variables from my faith, with my mom praying for me, my work ethic, and the teammates I was with, I was able to accomplish a lot of success throughout my career."
You can see Scott at this year's KTBS Freedom Fest Finale on July 4th.