Michael Walter-Dillon '21

What is your favorite athletic memory as a Tatnall Hornet?
Beating Sanford in basketball.

What is the most important lesson playing sports at Tatnall taught you?
Hard work truly pays off.

What was the greatest difficulty you faced in your athletic career, and how did you overcome it?
I had surgery on my shoulder back in 2017. I missed the next two seasons of baseball rehabbing and last year due to COVID. I’ve had to push through setbacks, re-injuries, playing through pain, and years of physical therapy. My shoulder never was the same after surgery and has been re-injured again this year, so this is the last season of baseball I will be playing. I was planning on playing in college; however, my shoulder just cannot keep up with the stress of baseball anymore. I’m just grateful that I’m able to play in my senior season this year.

If you could say one thing to younger Hornet athletes, what would it be?
Take your injuries seriously. Don’t push through them if they hurt, because if you do like I did, it will hurt more in the long run.

Who is a teammate or coach you would like to spotlight, and how did they help you as a Tatnall athlete? 
All of my coaches, who even through my multiple injuries, not just my shoulder, continued to have faith in me and continued to motivate and encourage me not to give in.
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The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in PK3 through Grade 12 located in Wilmington, Delaware.