There is a serious chance that if you steal on freshman softball catcher Bri Castro you will get caught. There is also a serious chance that if she catches you stealing four years from now, she will be a state trooper, and you will go to jail.
A high-school standout in not only softball, Castro excelled on the ice at Mount Saint Charles Academy, leading her team to a 2011 state title. It was hockey that toughened up Castro, and helped physically prepare her for the role she expects to take after her time at the University of Rhode Island.
There’s seemingly only one problem with her plans for the future. Castro is 5-foot-1.
“I can’t tell you how many people have said ‘how are you going to be a state trooper?’” Castro said. “You’re 5-foot-1. Someone could step on you.’ Yeah someone probably could step on me, but I’m not going to let them.”
Not content to be stepped on, or sit in a police cruiser for her career, Castro sees herself possibly leaving Rhode Island for somewhere where the crime rate is “more exciting,” like California or Florida. Like with everything else, Castro wants to be proactive and make a difference.
Castro grew up playing hockey on boys teams, where she was constantly reminded of her height and her sex, which only strengthened her resolve “to prove them wrong.” She was immediately discredited because of her size by the other players, something she could see correlating to her future workplace.
“If you saw a 5-foot-1 state trooper what would you think?” Castro said. “I’m pretty sure 99 percent of people wouldn’t take them seriously.”
This manifested itself in Castro as a chief reason to push hard for her goals, inside and outside the classroom. Castro has always known in some capacity she would end up pursuing a career in criminal justice. As a fan on of “Criminal Minds”, she took a high school class in criminology which pushed her toward the field.
“What interests me the most is being in law enforcement and being able to help people or assist people, or being there to protect them or protect society,” Castro said. “I’ve always wanted to be able to help people.”
To Castro, in a state trooper role or not, she is happy if she is able to help others. She has worked with various social groups at hospitals in which she provides support to families that have lost siblings. Castro lost her brother, Fabio, to leukemia five months ago.
“I want to help people go through what I’m going through,” she said.
Just like Castro protecting the plate from an oncoming baserunner, her goal is to protect others, and to prove to any doubters she can do whatever she intends to accomplish.