Steven Sabatini

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HometownSchaumburg, IL
UniversityUniversity of Illinois
MajorEarth, Society and Environmental Sustainability
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My name is Steven Sabatini, I was born on April 14th, 1997. I am from a loving family of five and I live in Schaumburg, Illinois. I have two older brothers who I am very close to as well as my parents. I have been very involved in sports and clubs since I was young and throughout these experiences I began to develop natural leadership and people skills which have influenced how I connect with others. Since about 8th grade I have had the goal of attending UIUC. Near the end of high school two teachers, Mr.Leonard and Mrs.Mitchell, drastically influenced my life and redirected my values and perception of the world beyond me; because of their influence, and the constant help from my mom and family, I completed my goal of getting accepted to UIUC under the major Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability. I was surprised when I found myself unrelentingly interested in the Illini 4000. I knew my overall goal was to help people and make a lasting difference in others' lives but I never thought that I would find myself looking into something as rigorous as the Illini 4000, yet here I am.

Personal Statement

In my past, none of my nuclear family has been effected by cancer, but my Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 42. Thankfully, she was able to overcome the cancer and has been cancer free for 18 years. Although my Aunt is very close to me, I do not want to ride and raise money only for her but for all the families who have to endure the damage that cancer brings along. My goal is to make a lasting impact in others' lives; in order to achieve this goal, I and society as a whole need to start looking out for one another. I understand the damage that this evil can cause, but my part in the Illini 4000 is not to ride for one particular person but to expand the ride beyond my individual family. I want to dedicate my ride to all the families who don't have someone riding for them; I will be riding for you. I want to ride for those families, because I want to be the change that I look for in the world; because I know for there to be change there must be a start, as put so eloquently by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."