Beyond the game: Danielle Warne, sophomore right fielder

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Danielle Warne, sophomore right fielder, grew up in Flower Mound, a suburb of the Dallas metropolitan area. She struggled against dyslexia during her adolescense.

Danielle’s dyslexia forced her to develop a hardworking mentality. 

Leslie, Danielle’s mother, said her daughter has maintained a positive attitude. Danielle views adversity as an opportunity to improve.

“She always looks at the positives,” Leslie said. “Even if something is an obstacle, she thinks that there is a reason for that. So in a way, all of her obstacles make her better and challenge her in a positive way.”

Danielle found ways to compensate for her dyslexia.

“It still affects me—in school and everything, and trying to juggle it all and having to study a lot more than other people who don’t have to struggle and read the way I do," Danielle said. 

Softball was Danielle’s escape from her learning disability. Danielle began playing the game when she was four years old. Her development began on the youth baseball fields because softball was not available for girls of her age.

Danielle’s brother, Austin, helped with her development in the game of softball. Austin was a baseball player in high school. His support for Danielle grew after he was sidelined from the sport for good by a string of elbow and shoulder injuries. 

Danielle felt she had an opportunity to play for him.

“So it turned out that I was playing for him because he was like, ‘You’re doing what I always wanted to do, so you’re living my dream,’” Danielle said. “So basically I feel like I have to make him proud and everything because I’m getting to do what he always wished he could have done.”

Danielle was assisted by Jason Gwynn and Alex Lozoya, coaches for the Mizuno Impulse Gold travel team.

According to her coaches, Danielle’s toughness was always on display. 

Gwynn remembers a time when he asked his team to step up and take control of the moment. Danielle, the youngest athlete on the team, was the only player to respond.

“She was very soft-spoken and rarely spoke out,” Gwynn said. “When I was done, a tiny voice in the back responded, ‘I’m tough.’ It was a funny moment, especially at the time, but one that I will always remember and that very well describes Dani. She wasn’t lying. She is very tough.”

Danielle is an exercise and sports science major. She wants to become an occupational therapist when her playing days are over.

Danielle wants people to remember her as someone who gave everything no matter what.

“Just a person that never gave up,” Danielle said. “Even though I’ve sat on the bench all last year, I still push myself to be better. There is going to be that moment to prove yourself, and I just want to be known as that person who did as much as they could to get to where they need to be.”

Lozoya, said Danielle’s dedication will allow her to succeed at whatever she tries.

“Something I will always remember and continue to use as an example for current and future players is how dedicated she was to the team,” Lozoya said. “She’s such an unselfish person that she understands her coaches will do what is best for the team and, she finds ways to contribute to help the team. She is the perfect example of ‘we over me.’”