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By Jeanette Lee
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November: Drawing Inspiration
November 2009
Q. What first inspired you to play pool?
Jevarie Pressley; Dolton, Ill.

A. My first and greatest inspiration was walking into a billiard club in New York City and seeing a graceful older gentleman, playing a flawless game of pool. I just wanted to play like that. I started that journey years ago and Iím still on it. Today, Iím inspired by two things. One, the other women on my tour ó Iíve witnessed the skill level on the WPBA improve by leaps and bounds, and Iím so proud of all of us. Every time I play in a tournament, Iím motivated to go back home and continue playing the game I love. Secondly, Iím inspired by my kids. They need to know that life is not about winning or losing. We are all going to lose at some point. As kids, they are just beginning to learn how to handle defeat. They need to see that, with all I deal with, every time I fall, Iím going to get up and keep working on my game. They inspire me to remain focused on being a role model for them by never giving up when I lose, by making time to practice even when itís boring or Iíd rather be shopping, and by giving each responsibility in my life its due respect.