University of Rhode Island
Woonsocket, R.I., Lodge No. 850
2016, 12-13 Girls
5th place, 20/25
Persistence is Peyton’s power. For years, she never advanced past the state competition, but Peyton didn’t give up. She made a plan and shot 25 free throws every day. Practice made perfect, and in her final year of eligibility, she made it to the National Finals. It’s mind over matter for Peyton, too. Confidence was critical for this Cahill—her brother is fellow BackBoard member, TJ—and as a woman involved in sports, she hopes to connect with and instill confidence in other female athletes.
Advice for the 2022 National Finalists: Be aware of your mindset! Though practicing frequently and consistently is crucial to success, it is also very important to have confidence in your ability to succeed.