October 26th, 2015 | Uncategorized
As Katie Fox’s birthday was approaching, I contemplated on what gift to give her for a while. Katie and I just met each other officially when we landed in Ireland. Even though it feels like we have known each other forever, I didn’t know her well enough to know what would be a meaningful present. After a while, I thought….cake and ice cream of course!
Growing up, I always looked forward to one of my family member’s birthdays because Mama Boone made the best homemade cakes. It was never about presents or people telling me “Happy Birthday!” on my birthday, it was the way Mama Boone would personalize each cake for each of us on our birthday’s. On my 16th birthday, she baked me a vanilla cake (because I love vanilla) and iced it with purple (my favourite colour) frosting with beautiful decorations; this past July, she made my youngest sister a Frozen cake from the infamous Disney Movie. Over the years, a little thing of having your own personal, homemade cake brought me so much happiness on my birthday and this was something I wanted to share with Katie for hers.
Since we were hosting a birthday bash for Katie the night of October 25th, I asked Katie’s college teammate and friend of four years, who is a Victory Scholar as well, Sarah Benedetti, what are Katie’s favourite things, like her favourite colour, cookies, icing flavour, and kind of cake. By the time the bash started, I was dishing out slices of chocolate cake with vanilla frosting consisting of crushed pieces of Oreos to all of our friends and teammates. And what’s cake without ice cream? Trust me, I completely agree so I bought three tubs of chocolate fudge ice cream to go along with Katie’s cake.
Eating cake and ice cream wasn’t the only best part about the bash. Having all sorts of our friends mingle amongst each other for the first time and willingly come together to celebrate someone they cared about was the “icing on the cake” at the bash. There were friends from our club team and their friends, our college friend, Stanka, brought her Croatian friends, and our lovely Trinity Victory Scholars, Emily and Meg, added to the excitement. Coming in to the Sport Changes Life program, it was expected that I would have opportunity to continue to coach, study and play basketball; however, I did not expect to get the opportunity bring people from different backgrounds and cultures into one setting, a setting that entailed so much fun. By the end of the night, I think it’s safe to say that Katie had a great, unforgettable 23rd birthday.
Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone
Present University: Waterford IT
US League: CAA
Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats
Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary
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