April 16th, 2015 | Uncategorized
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my time here this year as a Victory Scholar has been the opportunity to help coach the Andytown Tigers U14 girls basketball team. Though I never thought I would enjoy coaching, the time I’ve spent with these girls has been full of enough laughter and good times to completely change my mind. Throughout the year, I’ve been able to teach them some of what I know about basketball, but more importantly, I’ve created little friendships with them that will last long after my time here is over.
Through hard work and dedication, my girls made it all the way to the finals this year where they were set to face off against the Elks, coached by my roomie/BFF Caroline! For many of my girls, it was their first time experiencing “Finals Day” and as a coach, I wanted nothing but for them all to enjoy the day; win or lose. After putting up a great fight, they fell in the last quarter and conceded the win to the Elks. The whole Tigers family was extremely proud of them regardless of the outcome, and in the awards ceremony they received a trophy and medals for making it all the way to the Final.
A few weeks later, John and Clare (Tigers club mum and dad) organized an amazing Prize Night for everyone to attend. I absolutely loved seeing all the kids from all of the different teams dressed up for the event. Anyone could see how excited they all were to be there, and there were many prizes to give away. I had to choose an MVP, Most Promising, and Most Improved out of the players on my team. It took a lot of time and thought to settle on a final decision, but I got there eventually and I was so happy to announce them that night. The girls got trophies, medals, a great meal, and a ton of photos that represent memories they can keep with them forever. I’m so happy I was able to attend and see that my team was recognized for the admirable effort they had put in all season and the progress they had made as a result.
I’ve made sure that I have ways to stay updated on all my girls after I fly back to America, so that they know I will always be there for them if they need me, and also because I am so excited to see what else they will accomplish, collectively and individually. I’ve loved being a part of the Andersontown Tigers Basketball Club this year and I’m grateful to all who’ve made it possible for me to do so.