Week 1

August 25th, 2017 | Uncategorized

Hi guys!


This is my first of many post that will be on this page. I just want to introduce myself to all the fans, supporters, and anyone associated with USNI. My name is Darryl Shazier and I am from Newport News, Virginia. It is an honor to be part of this wonderful program that will allow me to receive my masters in business studies while playing basketball, and most importantly helping youth in the community.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Economics at Bucknell University, which is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. I was also part of the men’s basketball team, which most recently won the Patriot League Championship.


While I am still getting settled in here on the Jordanstown campus, I have been quite busy. Gareth and Deirdre have been great in helping me get acquainted with Belfast and the surrounding area. I started off my first morning here enjoying a Large Fry (fried eggs, fried sausage, fried potato bread, and some more fried things!). Since I am playing basketball and trying to keep my figure, I am going to stay away from the Large Fry. I was also fortunate enough to visit Deirdre’s family farm. To keep it short, it was an experience, and as you can tell by the pics so nicely posted by Gareth, I was not too keen of the animals. Nonetheless, it was a great experience and next time we visit I will be a top notch farmer!


We have also had our first practice with the Junior Ulster Elks which went great. I got to meet all the kids and it seems like they are eager to get better. Coaching these kids will be a great chance to share my experience with them, but I will also learn a lot from these kids.


The opportunity to be part of this scholarship program is an honor. I look forward to the great year ahead and I will keep you posted on my experience here in Northern Ireland! Talk soon!


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