Teams will always have significant value to me! I’ve always been apart of a team, and the concept of being a team and working together with your peers is enormous in adulthood. Teams can go two ways: either everything will run smoothly and everybody will be happy, or problems will arise, and everything will be miserable!
Obviously, if you know me, I play basketball, and I’ve probably been playing since I came out of my mother’s womb. I remember when I was younger, I use to tell my grandmother to fold her arms as if they were a hoop and I would shoot crumpled up a paper as if it was a real basketball. I remember having one of those small $2 basketball hoops (that comes with the little basketball), and I would nail that to the wall in my kitchen. I would play against the “invisible team” for hours (yea I was kind of weird as a child). Anyways, I would play for hours sweating profusely… while my mom constantly tells me to sit down lol, sorry ma!
Sorry, I was reminiscing just a wee bit. I guess I’m trying to say; I’ve always wanted to be on and apart of a team and basketball has made it possible. I’ve come in contact with many different people, cultures, egos, thought processes and so much more. Being apart of a team has taught me things that my teachers or parents couldn’t have taught me. Basketball and the idea of being on a team has made me the person I am today. Learning from others, watching others, and interacting with others has given me excellent social skills. The birth of a team is always hard because everything and everybody is new; new egos, unique personalities, new mindsets, and objectives!
Being apart of a team has taught me many good things about myself, but it has also taught me things that I may lack. I’ve been coaching quite a lot out here, and recently I started coaching my landlord’s son’s school team. Coaching has helped me a lot, which leads to my title, “no I, in team!” Everybody knows the saying “there’s no I in team,” which is 100% true. However, there is a, ME, in team. By coaching the kids out here, the team has taught me how to have and become more patient. They’ve taught me, how to change my approach “on the fly.” They’ve taught me, always to smile no matter the outcome. I’m sure I’ve taught them many things, but they’ve had a more significant impact on myself than I’ve had on them. Mainly they’ve taught me, how to become a better person and role model! I’m nowhere near perfect, but I can’t wait to see how much I’ve grown as a person by the end of the program.
-Chazito Out ✌🏽🎤