How Basketball Has Changed My Life

December 9th, 2015 | Uncategorized

As I sit on the gym floor after practice drenched in sweat and so exhausted I don’t want to move I just sit and think to myself what an awesome feeling.  The feelings that I get from playing basketball can only be described as euphoric.  When I play nothing else in the world matters but the game.  I enjoy practicing, working out, and games especially all because of that euphoric feeling that I know I can expect each time I compete.  God used basketball as a tool to change my life and I am forever thankful.


Thinking about our foundations name Sport Changes Life and how the name really speaks volumes in my life.  Basketball has definitely changed my life giving me the opportunity to receive a first class education for free.  Taking me to so many awesome places that most people in my community don’t get the opportunity see, offering me the opportunity to have friends in America and now here in Europe. 


As great as all of those things are, Basketball has done so much more for me.  Basketball helped build my character by showing me how to push through adversity, positively channel my emotions, and successfully work with others.  I can even say basketball has kept me away from ever doing drugs.  I know that some people use drugs as a temporary escape from the stressful realities of life.  Basketball has always been my temporary escape blocking my mind from the outside world holding my undivided attention for hours at a time.  I am truly thankful God decided to use basketball to change my life because I know how different my life could have turned out.  Hopefully during my time here and throughout my life I can encourage some young boy or girl to use sports the same way that I have. “To God Be The Glory” 


Victory Scholar: Jonathan McNair

Present University: Ulster University

US League: East Coast Conference

Club/Community Partner Ulster Elks/ Andersonstown Tigers

Alma Mater: St Thomas Aquinas College

Sponsored By: Teamwear Ireland


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