September 4th, 2015 | Uncategorized
On one of our first nights together in Belfast, a few of us scholars stayed up late playing cards together. A particular game got out of hand and ended in my peers shouting repeatedly, and loudly I may add, “Lillian! Lillian! Lillian!” The episode had me laughing uncontrollably amidst the chaos. When the scene settled down, I calmly addressed the room: “You know, I actually prefer to be called Lil.”
This got everyone laughing again, feeling almost embarrassed – as if I had allowed them to call me by the wrong name all day. I explained that people do call me Lillian, but those I am close to use “Lil.” It is a nickname that my family has always used, but that really caught on with my best friends from AAU. It’s a name I associate with basketball, my family, and my closest friends.
That simple phrase, “please call me Lil,” holds a lot of significance in its four syllables. It represents how quickly I felt familiar with my fellow scholars, and how ready I was to accept them all into my inner circle of friends. This connection I feel with the other Scholars is reminiscent of the bond between teammates, with the shared commonality of our passion for working with young people.
Each scholar brings something unique to the group and adds to the SCL family in his or her own way. Jazmen’s laugh, Staat’s smile, and Emily’s humor bring joy to any setting. Harrison just goes around breaking rims everywhere, it’s impressive. Cory is one of the most likable people you will ever meet, and Katie the most energetic. Clare is always looking out for everyone, James has us in stiches with his accent imitations, and Johnathan’s coaching voice inspires his fellow coaches as well as his players! Marritta’s creativity is astounding; Meg’s consistent friendliness is comforting; and Sarah’s easygoing positivity makes her so fun to be around.
This group of Scholars is incredible, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. I am so appreciative that in the midst of unfamiliar surroundings, I have quickly found something very familiar here in Ireland: a team and a family. I love being part of such a positive environment, and am excited to know that we will be tackling this year’s journey together!
Victory Scholar: Lillian McCabe
Present University: IT Carlow
US League Partner: Atlantic 10
Club/Community Partner: IT Carlow Basketball
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland