Statistics, measurables, videos and even letters can’t capture all that basketball has taught me. The highs are shared by all my family, teammates and coaches who helped me reach them. The lows are a reminder of the work left to do.
We were fortunate to win the Nevada 2A State Championship my first year on the girls varsity team. That has been the highlight of my basketball career. The tough journey with my teammates, all the hard work paid off in a big way.
As a freshman, I was disappointed that I could not play with the Varsity team because I had transferred schools. The disappointment was a great opportunity to learn and grow as a leader. As captain, I led our JV team to a first place title in our region. This year, even as one of the youngest on the team, I earned a spot as a starter. With the added experience and support from my teammates, I was confident that I had enough training and leadership skills to help lead my team to the state championship game. And we did just that-we won state!
Throughout my basketball experiences, including youth teams, middle school, high school and club basketball, I have been fortunate enough to have amazing coaches with diverse backgrounds. These coaches have taught me so many things. The most important lessons I take with me each time I step on the court; belief in self, the team and what the coach is coaching. I know that on the court I will work to the best of my ability to be successful. As a student-athlete (and a daughter of an educator), I understand what I need to get done both on and off the court.
At school I try to push myself to be an outstanding academic student through hard work, critical thinking, organization and perseverance. On the court I work just as hard, trying to be a leader and roll model, using my desire to succeed and my strong motivation to get the job done. I know that resilience, communication skills and a strong sense of focus will help me in all I do. Through my various experiences I believe that I have the skills and work-ethic it takes to be a part of a college team.
Still, I know I’ve got work to do.