January 20th, 2016 | Uncategorized
This is one of the fews pictures that I brought to Belfast from home. It’s a picture that I’ve held closer and closer as time has passed. First with the loss of my Papa Bill back in 2008, and now even closer with the passing of my Papa Jack on New Year’s Eve.
This picture has always been one of my favorites because my grandpas are doing what my family has figuratively done my entire upbringing and athletic career: they’re lifting me up.
I was so fortunate to have the unconditional support of my family growing up. My parents, grandparents and close relatives were my biggest fans. Whether it was talking me off a ledge after an emotional loss, or driving God knows how many hours to practices and games, they were everything I needed them to be at a time when all I wanted was to take my hoop dreams as far as I could.
However, my Papa Jack did more than just support me over the years. He played a part in making me the player I am by passing his love of basketball on to me. From the “bank it off the square” days, to teaching me the untouchable hook shot, he gave me nuggets of basketball wisdom while shooting around in his driveway.
It was hard being separated from my family by an ocean when we lost Papa Jack. But looking at this picture, I’m reminded of just how proud both my grandpas would be of me and how thankful I am for them. Both my grandpas where strong in more ways than one- strong enough to pick me up, even now.
Victory Scholar: Clare Sullivan
Present University: Ulster University
US League Partner: Patriot League
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Alma Mater: The College of the Holy Cross
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