February 19th, 2016 | Uncategorized
I love looking at this picture of me on my first-ever basketball team. My dad, who coached me through age 14, always mentions how we didn’t win a single game that season. In fact, we barely scored at all that first year. I can recall losing a game 24-1 and being so proud that I had scored that single point.
That little girl had no idea where the game would take her. (But clearly she did know that the sports headband is a great look.) To her, basketball was a fun activity that connected her to the interests of her dad and older sister. All she knew was that she preferred it to soccer and it was fun.
But by watching the enthusiastic passion of her older sister and being motivated by the encouragement of her dad, basketball became much more to that little number 11. Love for the game can start at such a young age, especially with the assistance of a great coach (my dad being the best of them!) and role model (looking at you, sis).
I’m lucky that I found both those figures in people so close to me, but it doesn’t have to be a family affair for everyone. The influence that my dad and sister had on me as a young player is what inspires me to work with young athletes now. I aspire to instill in these young people and players, I am working with through Sport Changes Life, the same enthusiasm and passion that I was gifted.
I can only hope that some day, the young people I have worked with while being here, will look up to me in the way I have looked towards my coaches and role models throughout my life.
Victory Scholar: Lillian McCabe
Present University: IT Carlow
US League: Atlantic 10
Club/Community Partner: ITC Basketball
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland