More Than Just A Game

Posted By: Madison Ward
Posted On: February 9th, 2017

It has been a nice break having two weeks off, and getting to celebrate Neptune’s sweep in the Cup Finals. However, I have been craving a game ever since our last (which happened to be a WIN!!). There is nothing better than getting to play a game after a long time, especially when it is against another scholar. There are not many people I know here, and yes as my time goes on I have been fortunate enough to meet really great people, but it is always so much fun to see a friendly face at one of your matches. The scholars have become a part of my Irish family, and it is crazy to think that in less than a year I have gained 22 new family members. This is something I will forever be grateful for.

This weekend, I get to play against the lovely Sarah Fairbanks. Sarah and I bonded right from the start, and our love for donuts has sealed the deal on our life long friendship. Sarah is not only super sweet, but is also a beast on the court and so I knew that it was going to be a fun weekend. We did not only play against each other, but we tried to be adults…aka cook a meal that consisted of more than peanut butter and jelly. We also drank tea like the Irish do, and laughed our way around Cork. All of us scholars are engaging in this wonderful program, but are all in different locations experiencing different situations. It is so good catching up and getting advice from one another who is going through something similar as you. 

Unfortunately, on the court it was a rough weekend for Brunell and DCU ended up beating us. Losing of course stunk, but what was cool is that after the game I was no longer just a competitor but was back to being her friend. Basketball is more than just a sport, but is a way to bring people together. It builds life-long friendships through people who may have never crossed paths without it. I truly believe that everyone you meet in life comes into your life for a reason; to help you become a better you.

So a shout out to basketball and the Sport Changes Life program for allowing me to extend my family by 22.

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