The following is a question-and-answer session with Jennings.
Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?
A. I love the game of basketball. Basketball doesn’t define me by any means, but it is a big part of who I am. I’m very grateful for all the opportunities the game has given me.
Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?
A. When I was about 4 I began playing in Mighty Mite basketball at the YMCA and Parks Department baseball. However, my parents have always said that I began playing around the house even earlier than that because I had older siblings.
Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?
A. I have dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins who played or are still playing sports. Both of my grandpas played as well and my great grandmother played basketball. My dad, Doug, was a four-sport athlete at Argos High School. He went on to play at Indiana Central, which is now the University of Indianapolis. My mom, Carol, was a three-sport athlete at Bremen High School. All four of my siblings played or are currently playing sports at LHS.
Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?
A. I’ve been blessed with a lot of God-given athletic ability so I caught on to most sports quite easily. However, my parents did make me join the swim team when I was little. After about a year it was obvious that I’d better stick to land sports.
Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?
A. When I was younger I often let negative comments bother me. I have learned that you must surround yourself with positive people and ignore anything negative. I have been fortunate that my soccer, basketball and tennis coaches in high school have been positive influences on my life and helped me improve and grow not only as an athlete but a person, too.